Ginger Eager's debut novel, The Nature of Remains, won the AWP Award for Fiction, was chosen as a 2021 Books All Georgians Should Read, and won a 2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the First Novel Category. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in various journals, including Arrowsmith Press, On the Seawall, and South Writ Large. She lives in Decatur, Georgia and is at work on a novel about ecological grief.
The Nature of Remains
In Flyshoals, Georgia, karma is writ small enough to witness. When Doreen Swilley discovers that her boss and lover of thirty years intends to fire her to placate his dying wife, she devises a plan to steal his business from him. Her plan just might work too, if she is not thwarted by a small town’s enmeshed histories and her family’s own dark secrets.
Set during the 2009 recession, The Nature of Remains rests at the intersection of class, gender, education and place. Through extended geological metaphor, readers witness the orogeny, crystallization, and weathering of the human soul. Doreen’s journey reveals the ways even a woman’s most precious connections—her children, her grandchildren, her lover—operate within larger social structures capable of challenging her sovereignty.