Cranberry Red: A Novel

Hardcover | October 5, 2010

byJerry Apps

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The fourth novel in Jerry Apps’s Ames County series, Cranberry Red brings the story into the present, portraying the challenges of agriculture in the twenty-first century.    
    As the novel opens, Ben Wesley has lost his job as agricultural agent for Ames County. He is soon hired as a research application specialist for Osborne University, a for-profit institution that has developed “Cranberry Red,” a new chemical that promises not only to improve cranberry crop yields but also to endow the fruits with the power to prevent heart disease, reduce brain damage from strokes, and ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Ben must promote the new product to cranberry growers in Ames County and beyond, but he worries whether the promised results are credible. Was Cranberry Red rushed to market?
    When the chemical does all that the university claims it will do, Ben is relieved . . . until disturbing side effects emerge. Can he criticize Cranberry Red and safeguard farmers and consumers without losing his job, or will Ben’s honesty get him fired while his community continues to get sicker?

Finalist, General Fiction, Midwest Book Awards

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The fourth novel in Jerry Apps’s Ames County series, Cranberry Red brings the story into the present, portraying the challenges of agriculture in the twenty-first century.        As the novel opens, Ben Wesley has lost his job as agricultural agent for Ames County. He is soon hired as a research application specialist for Osborne Unive...

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His other Ames County novels are The Travels of Increase Joseph, In a Pickle, and Blue Shadows Farm. His many nonfiction books include Every Farm Tells a Story, Old Farm, Cheese, Breweries of Wisconsin, One-Room Country School...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299247708

ISBN - 13:9780299247706

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Contents

Part I

1 Fred and Oscar

2 Lost Job

3 Beth Wesley

4 Local Agent Out

5 Shtogun Slogum

6 Visiting Slogum

Part II

7 Fred and Oscar

8 Phone Call

9 Dr. Sara Phillips

10 New Job?

11 Beth and Osborne University

12 Slogum's Advice

13 Conversation with Lars

14 Hailstorm

15 Cranberry Red

Part III

16 Fred and Oscar

17 Brittni Stone

The Osborne Dream

19 Business Office

20 Fourth of July

21 Gunnar Godson

22 Farm Visit

23 Business of the Year

24 Ben and Brittani

Part IV 

25 Fred and Oscar

26 RFD

27 Rules

28 Promoting RFD

29 RFD News

30 Celebration Planning

31 Ames County Fair

32 Cranberry Red Meeting

33 The Day After

34 Office Problems

35 Fish Survey

36 Fishing With Lars

37 Family Cookout

38 Celebration News

Part V

39 Fred and Oscar

40 Harvest at Slogum's

41 Gunnar's Discovery

42 Budget Shortfall

43 Paul and Gloria Mayer

44 Research Problem

45 RFD Collapses

46 Ben and Dr. Phillips

47 Healthy Always Cranberries

48 County Fari Eliminated

49 Beth Wins Osborne Award

Part VI

50 Fred and Oscar

51 Phillips and the Outreach Office

52 Chris Martin

53 Secret Meeting

54 Teaching Strategies

55 Gunnar's Research

56 Brittani and Chris

57 Two Faces of Osbourne

Part VII

58 Fred and Oscar

59 Queen Selection

60 Ups and Downs

61 Cranberry One-Fifty

62 Celebration Continues

63 Anonymous Letter

64 Gus and the Tamarack River

65 Ben and Shotgun Slogum

66 Osborne Commemorative Park

67 Fallout

Afterword

Editorial Reviews

"Apps approaches his familiar themes (honor, the importance of community, the increasing threat to traditional farming) from a new angle, focusing on the issue of genetic modification and its impact on an entire way of life. As usual, he creates compelling characters and places them in a vividly realized setting."—Booklist