"Reviewing the novel for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Gerry Canavan
described the approach as “John Dos Passos–inspired polyperspectival writing,”
a pastiche of “traditional narrative with other prose forms” like news reports,
meeting minutes, prose poems, and more. Through it all, the human arc of the
character Frank May serves as a vital anchor. May experiences intense,
disabling PTSD and survivor’s guilt, not least because he suspects he may have
gotten through that terrible night because he concealed a stash of water from
others around him, sipping from it when people weren’t looking. This act of
resource-hoarding haunts him, and he becomes a catalyzing force in the global
fight to decarbonize.
Recently, as we absorbed the latest awful Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change report and the Pacific Northwest and New England faced yet another hot
stretch, I emailed with Robinson about this first chapter."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
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