The New Wilderness and Man V. Nature
The New Wilderness
“The New Wilderness is a virtuosic debut, brutal and beautiful in equal measure.”
– EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL
Margaret Atwood meets Miranda July in this wildly imaginative debut novel of a mother’s battle to save her daughter in a world ravaged by climate change, a prescient and suspenseful book from the author of the acclaimed story collection, Man V. Nature.
Bea’s five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away, consumed by the smog and pollution of the overdeveloped metropolis that most of the population now calls home. If they stay in the city, Agnes will die. There is only one alternative: the Wilderness State, the last swath of untouched, protected land, where people have always been forbidden. Until now.
Man V. Nature
- Finalist for The Believer Book Award, The Guardian First Book Award, and the LA Times Book Prizes
- Honorable Mention from the Pen/Hemingway Award
- A Boston Globe, iBooks, and San Francisco Chronicle Best book of 2014
Perfectly pitched and gorgeously penned, this astonishingly bold collection of stories explores the boundary between the wild and the civilized. Pitting human beings against the extremes of nature, Diane Cook surgically peels back the layers of civilization to lay bare our vulnerabilities and the ease with which our darker, primal urges emerge. Wry, transgressive and utterly unique, Cook’s wildly inventive debut collection illuminates, with surreal humor and heartbreak, humankind’s struggle not only to thrive, but survive.
Events are virtual
Books Are Magic | Brooklyn, NY
In conversation with Arianna Rebolini
Booksmith | San Francisco, CA
In conversation with Rahawa Haile
Print: A Bookstore | Portland, ME
In conversation with Mira Ptacin
RL Julia Bookstore | Madison, CT
Reading with Margot Livesay
Skylight Books | Los Angeles, CA
In conversation with Jane Marie
Literati Bookstore | Ann Arbor, MI
Reading with Karolina Waclawiak
Seth Fishman, The Gernert Company
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dianemariecook [at] gmail.com
Tracy Locke, HarperCollins
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