Chew: selections from a novel

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Crystal Squires Ellwood (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Pamela Duncan

Abstract: In a world where the government poisons the food supply as a way of controlling the population, two women from opposite ends of the economic spectrum form a rebel alliance. Grocery stores are guarded and monitored. Low income families like Meredith, Austin, and their young daughter Abigail are forced to buy their food from lower-class stores, where the threat of poison is high. Rebecca, a member of the upper class and the mother of an adopted lower-class child, believes her food to be safe. Meredith and Rebecca meet at a makeshift hospital when their children are poisoned. After Abigail dies, Austin, in an attempt to control his own disease after being poisoned by the same food as Abigail, commits suicide. Meredith is left alone and contacts Rebecca. Meredith and Rebecca bond through grief and rage against the government’s population extermination of the lower class. They, along with others, devise a plan to create a black-market exchange, the reform plan. Upper class families adopt lower-class children in exchange for food.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2019
class, dystopian, economic, literature, novel, writing
Poor -- Fiction
Population policy -- Fiction
Food supply -- Government policy -- Fiction
Poisoning -- Fiction
Social classes -- Fiction

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