-- by Patricia J. Anderson
The population of Ooolandia (a world much like our own but with an extra "O") is hypnotized by the culture of MORE. Citizens of all kinds and colors go about their lives unaware that hidden in the fog of everydayness a great calamity is approaching.
Banshooo, an amazingly mindful monkey, works for the Ooolandian Department of Nature where he has amassed data proving, beyond any doubt, that the natural world is losing the stability necessary to sustain life. Unfortunately, their warnings are ignored by the authorities who are planning to phase out nature altogether.
Freaky winds, icy earthquakes, and mutant anemones plague the landscape. After a wildly devastating storm, Banshooo has a vision revealing the connection between Ooolandia and the Unseen World -- a connection that lies deep within and far beyond all that is seen. This connection is vital to Ooolandia's survival, and it is fraying. He realizes he must take radical action. Along with his quirky sidekick (a one-off of unique appearance whose primary interest is snacking), he sets out on a journey beyond the surface of the Seen to bring back proof of the true nature of nature.
Preview Threshold: read Chapter One.
Patricia J. Anderson’s essays and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals including The Sun, Tricycle, Chronogram, Ars Medica, Glamour Magazine, and Rewire Me.com. Her books include All of Us, a critically acclaimed investigation of cultural attitudes and beliefs, and Affairs In Order, named best reference book of the year by Library Journal. She is the recipient of The Communicator Award for online excellence and has produced exhibition, kiosk, and website copy for such institutions as the American Museum of Natural History and the Capital Museum. She is the editor of Craig Barber’s Vietnam journal, Ghosts in the Landscape. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley. Visit her website for more information.
"An eye-opener to anyone who is oblivious to the current situation in the world and its consequences" - HNCKrstl's review
"An intellectual yet fun read" - Chelsi's review
"The writing is superb from crisp dialogue and witty remarks to metaphors that illuminate complex science and spirituality" - Michele's review
"Its style and the world Oolandia presides in is reminiscent of the ones in '1984', 'Alice in Wonderland' and a smidgen of 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'" - Arden Belrose's review
"You will not be disappointed with Threshold" - Zooey's review
"Can't recommend it highly enough" - Ellen Shifrin's review
"Threshold is an unusual mix of compelling drama, thoughtful storyline, and an assortment of unique characters" - Susan Krawitz review
"A satire on modern society and the environmental crisis we now face" - Laura's review
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