FICTION

After the Flood

Morrow. Sept. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9780062889362. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062889393. F
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DEBUT In this gripping first novel, desperate times call for desperate measures; primal instincts kick in and superhuman abilities spring forth when one’s family is in danger. Over the course of 100 years, the ice caps have melted, the coasts have moved so far inland to have vanished, and finally all that remains are islands that were once mountaintops. There is no rule of law in a global crisis such as this—pirates will kill and plunder and, worse yet, kidnap young girls. Back when their Nebraska home was going underwater, Myra was shocked when her husband did the unthinkable: he fled with their daughter, Row. Myra ends up on a small boat, and over time she and younger daughter Pearl learn to survive by catching fish and bartering for goods at outposts along the waters. After many years of believing that Row is still alive and in great danger, Myra and Pearl join another band of survivors, deviously steering them toward Row’s suspected location. Will Myra have the courage and the opportunity to recover her lost daughter?
VERDICT An adventure rife with great peril and high emotional stakes, this postapocalyptic novel reads like a fast-paced screenplay: intense, visceral, and relentless. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]

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