Set in a remote stretch of desert near the border of west Texas and Mexico at the turn of the twentieth century, this story follows the pursuits of Owen Scraperton as he struggles to establish Pristina, a utopian community based on mercury mining that aims to resolve the great questions of labor and race.
Eliza Factorwas born in 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts. She has lived in Washington, DC; Blois, France; San Francisco, CA; Tempe, AZ; and New York, NY. She has spent a lot of time in the desert, sniffing out old mercury mines, as well as waiting tables, teaching English, painting, filmmaking, roofing, and bike messengering. She now finds herself living in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, three kids, and a dog.