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Book: Act Locally by S.L. Vail

Book: Act Locally by S.L. Vail

categories: Book, Contemporary Fiction, Absurdist Fiction, Environmentalism, Cats, Southern Fiction, Secularism, Territoriality, Introduced Species, Funny, Young Adult, Irreverent, Dark Comedy

S.L. Vail

Author S.L. Vailabout this book: On the surface, Act Locally is a dark comedy about good intentions gone bad. Beneath that, it's an examination of how species interrelate and react to change in their environment. (Beneath that is public parking.)

I enjoy reading books that are wicked, smart and funny (e.g., the work of writers like Christopher Moore, Douglas Adams, Chuck Palahniuk) as well as a wide range of contemporary and literary fiction. Act Locally is a mashup of these forms: a wicked, smart, funny book with a good plot that leaves you with something to ponder.

A writer's work often reflects aspects of their life, and I'm no exception. I grew up in a small Southern town. I have a background in the biological sciences. My family has always included an inordinate number of animals, with whom I've often had complex relationships that it's probably best not to analyze too closely. The questions that occupy my mind and the priorities that occupy my time inevitably filter through in my writing.

One indication of the latter is that I donate a portion of each book's sale to a relevant nonprofit, which for Act Locally means a range of environmental, wildlife conservation, secularist, and animal protection organizations.

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