Vigil Harbor

Books on Tape. May 2022. 17:09 hrs. ISBN 9780593592410. $95. F
Glass sets her newest in a post-pandemic, pre-apocalyptic, terrorism-ridden, not-so-distant future. On the cusp of ecological disaster, young adults lack the motivation to launch themselves into independent lives. Terrorists protesting the destruction of the planet set off bombs regularly. Food is becoming scarce; violent weather is frequent. In the town of Vigil Harbor—a self-insulated historic community in coastal Massachusetts—inhabitants struggle to maintain life as it was while doing their best to ignore life as it has become. When two strangers arrive in town, they bring with them seeds of disruption, and, in the ensuing crisis, it takes a village to solve one of their potentially deadly problems. National Book Award winner Glass (Three Junes) creates a community of privileged, mostly white inhabitants who find that change is hard; when confronted with disaster, they work together to protect the status quo. Point-of-view chapters allow access to the viewpoints of multiple generations and classes, which are read by a myriad of skilled narrators: Cassandra Campbell, Kimberly Farr, Jeremy Davidson, January LaVoy, Michael Crouch, Kirsten Potter, Mark Deakins, Hillary Huber, and Alec Glass.
VERDICT Readers of general fiction will enjoy Glass’s novel; recommended for all collections.
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