World Made by Hand

By James Howard Kunstler
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802144010, 317pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

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Description
In "The Long Emergency" celebrated social commentator James Howard Kunstler explored how the terminal decline of oil production, combined with climate change, had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. In "World Made by Hand," an astonishing work of speculative fiction, Kunstler brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence, after these catastrophes converge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is nothing like they thought it would be. 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 foodKunstler's extraordinary book, full of love and loss, violence and power, sex and drugs, depression and desperation, but also plenty of hope, is more relevant than ever.



About the Author
James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. His body of work includes non-fiction (The Geography of Nowhere, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and Too Much Magic); his fiction includes World Made by Hand, which was selected as a top-five fiction pick of 2008 by National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and the second World Made by Hand novel, The Witch of Hebron, as well as ten other novels. The Flight of Mehetabel joins Manhattan Gothic and A Christmas Orphan in the author's Jeff Greenaway series.
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