World Made by Hand

World Made by Hand

By James Howard Kunstler

Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780871139788, 317pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2008

In the best-seller "The Long Emergency," James Howard Kunstler explored how the terminal decline of oil production had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. With "World Made By Hand" Kunstler makes an imaginative leap into the future, a few decades hence, and shows us what life may be like after these coming catastrophesthe end of oil, climate change, global pandemics, and resource warsconverge. For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is not what 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. As the heat of summer intensifies, the residents struggle with the new way of life in a world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers replenished with fish. A captivating, utterly realistic novel, "World Made by Hand" takes speculative fiction beyond the apocalypse and shows what happens when life gets extremely local.

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.