The Dragon Keeper

Author:   Mindy Mejia
Publisher:   Ashland Creek Press
ISBN:  

9781618220646


Pages:   286
Publication Date:   01 July 2018
Format:   Hardback
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A zookeeper fights to save the animal she loves, even as her own life crumbles around her... Meg Yancy knows she may be overly attached to Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care since it arrived at the zoo from Indonesia. Jata brings the exotic to Meg's Minnesotan life: an ancient, predatory history and stories of escaping to freedom. A species that became endangered soon after being discovered, Komodos have a legacy of independence, something that Meg understands all too well. Meg has always been better able to relate to reptiles than to people, from her estranged father to her live-in boyfriend to the veterinarian who is more concerned with his career than with the animals' lives. Then one day, Meg makes an amazing discovery. Jata has produced viable eggs-without ever having had a mate. Faced with this rare phenomenon, Meg must now defend Jata's hatchlings from the scientific, religious, and media forces that converge on the zoo to claim the miracle as their own. Finally forced to deal with the very people she has avoided for so long, Meg discovers that opening herself up comes with its own complications. And as she fights to save the animal she loves from the consequences of its own miracle, she must learn to accept that in nature, as in life, not everything can be controlled. Mindy Mejia's gripping debut novel highlights the perils of captivity and the astonishing ways in which animals evolve.

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Author:   Mindy Mejia
Publisher:   Ashland Creek Press
Imprint:   Ashland Creek Press
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.499kg
ISBN:  

9781618220646


ISBN 10:   1618220640
Pages:   286
Publication Date:   01 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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I don't cry very often, but I was in tears...Not only is this an affecting story-and it moves; it's really fast-paced-but also, [Mindy Mejia] is simply a beautiful writer. -- Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities Pioneer Press Mindy Mejia's The Dragon Keeper is a layered and complex story...In this wonderful debut novel, Mejia captivates her readers with a story in which the fates of an exotic Indonesian dragon and a Minnesotan zookeeper are intertwined. She addresses themes of freedom, independence, wildness versus captivity, and the (im)possibility of any living thing ever being tame. The novel also delicately touches on the issues of 'miracles' and nature versus religion...A highly ambitious and complicated debut novel. --Switchback literary magazine Mejia beautifully tackles the subjects of animal captivity, endangered animals, human-animal connections, and even evolution. She manages to eloquently bring these subjects together in a realistic fashion while also unfolding a dramatic story. The amount of research that went into the novel is impressive and keeps the story grounded in science. -- Global Animal


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Mindy Mejia was born and raised in a small-town-turned-suburb in the Twin Cities area. She received a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from Hamline University. Other than brief interludes in Iowa City and Galway, she's lived and worked in Minnesota her entire life. Mindy generally focuses her fiction writing on the novel, though she also writes short stories, which have appeared in rock, paper, scissors; Things Japanese: An Anthology of Short Stories; and THIS Literary Magazine. The Dragon Keeper is Mindy's debut novel. Her second novel, Everything You Want Me to Be, was published by Emily Bestler Books in 2017 and was a People magazine Best New Books Pick and one of the Wall Street Journal's Best New Mysteries.

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