Update: This novel is being revised in 2018 for the new Wild Mountain series. Coming October 16. See Dragonfly Publishing.
Back to the Garden takes the reader through post-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 painful and nostalgic memories of a different 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. The novel blends suspense, humor, struggle, and sorrow as the main characters document their journey through the harsh wasteland–with hope and appreciation for nature ruling above all. The novel is a literary speculative story, with the idea that living within nature’s limitations may well offer true riches and happiness.
3.9 rating based on 38 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: Moon Willow Press
Note: This current stand-alone novel is now being edited to launch the new Wild Mountain series. Part II is titled To the Waters and the Wild. The new edition is slated to be published in late 2018.
Clara Hume’s speculative ecofiction, Back to the Garden, is told from the perspective of a group of “tipping point” survivors–a generation of mountain folks who have experienced the collapse of late-stage capitalism, along with widespread ecosystem degradation due to climate change. It is within the framework of a unique time, when these characters live through two worlds, vastly different from one another, that they tell their tales, a way of documenting their journeys in life.
While the friends and family in this novel struggle to survive, and overcome personal losses and grief, they do so with the strength of character that allows people to gracefully succeed during times of societal failure. They understand that true riches of life come from the great outdoors and from their relationships with each other. They learn to survive and adapt to a climate-changed world. Part “road” novel, part survival tale, and part romance, this literary novel looks into the human psyche as people similar to how we imagine ourselves find hope in the face of disaster.
Back to the Garden presents a frightening and tragic possibility for our future but doesn’t ignore our affirmative connection to the wilderness and to other people. The novel attempts to open people’s eyes to the importance of respecting limits, before it’s too late.