Rewned social commentator and best-selling author James Howard Kunstler's sequel to World Made by Hand, expands on his vision of post-oil society in America in this suspenseful, darkly amusing story with touches of the fantastic in the mode of Washington Irving (Booklist). In the tiny hamlet of Union Grove, New York, the electricity has flickered off, the Internet is a distant memory, and the government is little more than a rumor. Travel is horse-drawn and farming is back at the center of life, but Union Grove is pastoral haven. Wars are fought over dwindling resources and illness is a constant presence. Bandits roam the countryside, preying on the weak and a sinister cult threatens to shatter the town's fragile stability. In a vel that is both shocking yet eerily convincing, Kunstler seamlessly weaves hot-button issues such as the decline of oil and the perils of climate change into a compelling narrative of violence, religious hysteria, incence lost, and love found.
James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of eleven novels and three nonfiction books, The Geography of Nowhere, Home From Nowhere, and The Long Emergency. He lives in upstate New York.