Episode 14: "Snowflake, AZ." A conversation with Marcus Sedgwick.

The Chemical Sensitivity Podcast

Oct 24 2022 • 43 mins

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I’m speaking with author Marcus Sedgwick, who wrote the book “Snowflake, AZ,” published in 2019.

The novel focuses on Ash, who travels by Greyhound bus to find their stepbrother Bly, who was last seen in Snowflake, Arizona. It’s a community where many people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) have settled, at an altitude of 6,000 feet in the desert, to get away from chemicals that are all too common in urban environments.

In our conversation, Marcus explores:

●      How the character Ash first views so-called canaries, people with MCS who live in Snowflake, and how the character's views shift when they develop the illness.

●      His experience visiting the community of Snowflake, AZ, and getting to know people with MCS who reside there.

●      How long COVID may be changing the way some authorities in some countries are responding to chronic illnesses.

More about “Snowflake, AZ” and Marcus.

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