Earth Notes
6:31 am
Sat April 21, 2007

Ann Cummins Writes to Understand

Flagstaff, AZ – In Ann Cummins debut novel Yellowcake we get to know two families - one white and one Navajo - three decades after the closing of a uranium mill that had a big impact on their lives. The title yellowcake is another word for processed uranium ore. Cummins spent much of her childhood on the Navajo reservation. And her father worked in the uranium mills. She told Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales it was his subsequent illness and death that prompted the book.