Virginia Walker and her husband Theo are each struggling with a private attraction to the same woman. They’re on the brink of divorce and are about to lose their foothills home to foreclosure. Virginia’s consulting business is failing, and Theo—an urban planner for the city—is battling a land development scheme that would ravage Tumamoc Hill, one of Tucson’s most significant historic, cultural and environmental sites.
Charlie, the object of their shared affection, is an artist and road trip aficionado struggling with a needy ex-girlfriend and with an impending eviction from the Steinfeld Warehouse, where she lives with her infant daughter.
Virginia’s daughter and her boyfriend, both students at Tucson High, are about to embark on a dangerous act of civil disobedience meant to protect Tumamoc from Eric Emerald, the developer who plans to construct a shopping mall and luxury condos on the site.
Interwoven into this novel of politics and land use are a series of “Love Stories” featuring everyday Tucsonans and the ways in which they help or hinder the proposed development at Tumamoc Hill. Set amidst the economic crisis of 2009, Tucson is an examination of the relationship between humans and the natural environment; a celebration and a critique of citizen activists; and a story about love: for a child, for a partner, for a family, for a culture, for a landscape, for a city.