The third of Kunstler’s acclaimed “World Made By Hand” novels, A History of the Future chronicles a winter in Union Grove where celebration mixes with tragedy
A History of the Future
A World Made by Hand Novel
978-0-8021-2372-5 • $15.00 • Paperback • July 2015
The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. The people of the little town of Union Grove in upstate New York know little about what is going on outside Washington County, but a messenger is returning with the news . . .
A History of the Future is the thrilling third novel in Kunstler’s World Made by Hand series. In little Union Grove in upstate New York, the townspeople are preparing for Christmas. Without the consumerist shopping frenzy that dogged the holidays of the previous age, the season has become a time to focus on family and loved ones. Fir swags, wreaths, balsam branches, winterberry, and holly deck the houses, and the newly opened Union Tavern is serving beers, ciders, and whiskeys made in the county. On a stormy Christmas Eve, Robert Earle’s son Daniel arrives back from his two years of sojourning throughout what is left of the United States. He collapses from exhaustion and illness, but as he recovers he tells the story of the breakup of the nation into three independent regions, describing his journey first over to Lake Michigan and then into the dark heart of the New Foxfire Republic, centered in Tennessee and controlled by the female evangelical despot (and former country music star) Loving Morrow. Meanwhile, Union Grove is stunned when a young mother, in the throes of illness, murders her husband and infant son. Town magistrate Stephen Bullock is in a hanging mood.