“Richly imagined . . . The Witch of Hebron reminded me of Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove, set in the dystopian world of The Road.” Lance M. Foster, The New York Journal of Books
In The Long Emergency
, celebrated social commentator James Howard Kunstler explored how the age of globalization and mankind’s explosive progress over the last two hundred years was based on the availability of cheap fossil fuels. He observed that the terminal decline of oil production, combined with the perils of climate change, had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. A tremendous success, The Long Emergency
sold over 100,000 copies and cemented Kunstler’s place as an important voice in the debate on our country’s future. The critically acclaimed World Made by Hand,
is an astonishing work of speculative fiction that brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is nothing like they thought it would be. After the catastrophes convergedthe end of oil, climate change, resource wars, and global pandemicsthey are doing whatever they can to get by. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure. Their challenges play out in a dazzling, fully realized world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers, no longer polluted, and replenished with fish. With the cost of oil skyrocketingand with it the price of foodAmericans are increasingly aware of the possibility of the long emergency. Kunstler’s extraordinary book, a novel full of love and loss, violence and power, sex and drugs, depression and desperation, but also plenty of hope, is sure to find many new readers.