Title: Back to the Garden
Author: Clara Hume
Publication date: August 2013-updated (Kindle) and October 2013 (print)
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Clara Hume’s speculative cli-fi novel, Back to the Garden, takes the reader through apocalyptic America, after climate change and other ecological disasters have devastated the planet. A group of survivors heads out to find loved ones, meanwhile facing painfully nostalgic memories of a better world as well as struggling through personal loss and tragedy. Across fierce deserts and ghost towns, contaminated lakes and rivers, and deplorable faces of death, the group develops surprising relationships and resolutions.
Back to the Garden presents a frightening and tragic possibility for our future but doesn’t ignore our affirmative connection to nature and other people. The novel attempts to open people’s eyes to the importance of respecting limits, before it’s too late.
Book illustration credits: Background outside cover image © Can Stock Photo Inc./dagadu; inside cover photography by Chase Matthews; cover design by Mary Woodbury
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Back to the Garden is warm-hearted and unabashedly didactic. Hume uses fiction to bring climate change to life.
-Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, in cli-fi essay at Dissent Magazine
Clara Hume has written a powerful prophecy of the future, and not so far away at that. If we don’t solve the pressing environment issues of today, the scenario she depicts may very well come to pass.
-Dan Bloom, producer, Polar City Red
I loved the book! It reminded me a lot of Earth Abides by George R. Stewart, one of my favourite future/post apocalypse novels. The idea to focus on the characters, their fates, and their ways to deal with the situation, was a good choice. I especially liked Buddha, Jimmy, and Fran, but all of them were pretty believable. The dry realism with which the characters react to heavy situations is another realistic streak I liked a lot…The novel establishes a feeling of mankind having taken a step down in relation to its environment through a thick fabric of little observations. That’s very cool, and well constructed.