marnie mueller

Selected Works

Panel presentation
A discussion of the moral dilemma involved in revealing a subject's secret in a biography
Fiction
A daughter journeys to Puerto Rico to help her mother die
A novel set in the Tule Lake Japanese Segregation Camp in California
a novel set in the rainforest of the Ecuadorian Rainforest
non-fiction
A short essay about the difficulty of creating fiction out of historical autobiography
Readers Guides
My Mother's Island was a 2002 Paz & Associates Readers Group Choice
The Climate of the Country was a 1999 Paz & Associates Readers Group Choice

My Works

Sources and Secrets
A discussion of the moral dilemma involved in revealing a subject's secret in a biographical work.

My Mother's Island
A BOOKSENSE 76 SELECTION, Spring 2002

This novel is a deeply moving tale of subterranean conflicts between a mother and her only child, of duty and commitment and honor to one's parents even when one feels damaged by them. Sarah must tend to her dying mother. With sorrow, rage, empathy, and touches of humor, the story reaches its irrevocable conclusion in a death scene where Sarah discovers a simple truth that had always eluded her. Sarah comes to terms with her mother and her past, finding at the end of her long journey both consolation and love.

The Climate of the Country
GUSTAVAS MEYERS OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD 2000, Honorable Mention

This powerful novel tells the tragic and dramatic story of Tule Lake Japanese American Segregation Camp during World War II. It is narrated from the unique insider view of Denton Jordan, a conscientious objector, and his wife Esther, who have been working in the camp. In this gripping tale of the disintgration of loyalty, love, and friendship, we experience a disturbing piece of American history.

Green Fires
A 1994 BARNES AND NOBLE DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS CHOICE, WINNER OF A 1995 AMERICAN BOOK AWARD,AND RECIPIENT OF A 1995 MARIA THOMAS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FICTION, a 1994 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY "BEST BOOKS FOR THE TEEN AGE" and a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "NEW AND NOTEWORTHY IN PAPERBACK"

Green Fires is a gripping novel, set in 1969, that has as its backdrop the first clashes between indigenous peoples and international oil companies in the Amazon rainforest. A disillusioned Kennedy-era Peace Corps volunteer returns to Ecuador where she finds a menacing and mysterious trail which she determinedly follows--ever deeper into the jungle--uncovering a sinister secret of international dimensions.





On Writing The Climate of the Country
In the course of writing her historical novel, "The Climate of the Country," which was loosely based on her parents' experience working in the Tule Lake Japanse American Segregation Camp in northern California, Marnie Mueller came upon a trove of archival material about their time in the camp. The essay depicts the struggle which ensued for the author when fiction hit up against reality.

Readers Guide for My Mother's Island
A guide for stimulating discussion of the novel

Readers Guide for The Climate of the Country
A guide for stimulating discussion of the novel