May 3, 2012
-- Set in the author's native Keweenaw, current Chicago resident C L Lassila's 'Earth, Air, Water, Light' transports the reader back to the mid 1800s to the far north woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula at the start of the area's copper rush. There a young newlywed, Adelaide Rose, a recent immigrant from England, experiences nature in its purest form, not yet altered by human hands. She also sees firsthand the damaging effect of European settlement. A naturalist at heart, she discovers her love for nature. Raised Methodist she begins to question her faith. She wonders, "Is dominion as mentioned in the bible leading us down a path toward environmental destruction and ultimately our own self-destruction?"
'Earth, Air, Water, Light' is also a love story. As the Roses travel to Copper Harbor, their final destination, Adelaide meets a French-Canadian adventurer, Calix Napolean Purchase. It is an encounter that will change her life. Soon she finds herself in love with two men. Nature is the novel's third love interest. Side stories include a mining accident that leaves a young man blinded and sets in motion a series of events and the horrific rape of a mysterious young woman that shocks the small community. Another mining accident brings into Adelaide Rose's life, Darwin, a three legged dog.
'Earth, Air, Water, Light' is a compelling piece of pantheist fiction that will ignite controversy and spark debate. Inspired by news articles from the 1800s, C L Lassila desired to write a book that spoke to the natural beauty of her childhood home, Keweenaw, and to tell the story of an exciting period in its history. This is a story of shipwrecks and mining accidents, brothels and the struggle for survival in the face of hostile winters. 'Earth, Air, Water, Light' is a book that forces us to look at our relationship to nature and how established religion affects that relationship. 'Earth, Air, Water, Light' is available at http://www.amazon.com
. C L Lassila can be contacted at c.l.lassila at aol.com