A Novel

Book - 2016
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"On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the streambed is gone. Something has gone very wrong. When he arrives home, the power is out and there is no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, have gone dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbors as a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air. Thirst takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster as the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive?"--
Published: New York, NY :, Bloomsbury USA,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781632862150
Branch Call Number: F WAR
Characteristics: 286 pages ;,21 cm


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Jun 14, 2016

Well. I have to give this author credit for a post apocalyptic novel that's plausible: It doesn't involve zombies. It features a clean, crisp writing style similar to Cormac McCarthy in The Road, and similarly, we never quite learn what caused the environmental disaster in this novel. But sometimes I wonder about this weird American fixation with post apocalyptic fiction! Some confusion over the name of the principle characters: The dust jacket refers to them as the Chapmans, but they're the Gardners for the rest of the book.


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