Book reviews and recommendations, Cli-Fi Series, Kildare Climate Fiction Series

Climate Fiction (Cli-Fi) Friday: Recommended Reads

Welcome to week 2 of Cli- Fi Friday Cli-Fi, we hope you enjoyed last weeks recommendations

Looking to dive in? Over the next 12 weeks every Friday we will post some new recommendations for you to sink your teeth into. Here are few suggestions to get you started.

Title : Flight Behaviour 

Author : Barbara Kingsolver

Synopsis: When climate change drives a rare type of butterfly to overwinter in the Appalachians, a young mother’s hum-drum rural life is turned upside down. In Kingsolver’s gentle, meditative literary novel, her heroine’s expanding horizons challenge her marriage, her faith, her family, and her community. Set in a present of failing Appalachian farms, allow time to explore their themes that journalistic, factual writing won’t allow.

Flight Behaviour has featured on the NY Times bestseller list and is Barbara Kingsolver’s most accessible novel yet.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get it now on your BorrowBox.

Title : The Last Migration

Author : Charlotte McConaghy

Synopsis: Slips between the magical, the speculative and the domestic in a compelling ocean-going yarn that tracks the world’s last migrating birds across the high seas, in the hope that they may reveal the whereabouts of the last fish. Its narrator, Franny, has a sentimental attachment to one of the three tagged arctic terns she is tracking. “I’ve taken to thinking of her as mine because she has burrowed inside and made a home in my ribcage,” she says, when the reality is that the bird is just a dot on a sonar panel, and finally an absence.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here .

Title : Hummingbird Salamander

Author : Jeff VanderMeer

Synopsis: A pacy thriller plot around a missing eco-terrorist. “Using ‘us’ when thinking about the environment erases all the different versions of ‘us’,” writes the fugitive Silvina. “Many indigenous peoples don’t think this way. Counterculture doesn’t always think this way. Philosophy, knowledge, policy exist that could solve our problems already.”

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here .

Title : Weather

Author : Jenny Offill

Synopsis: Lizzie Benson’s old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here .

Title : Summerwater

Author : Sarah Moss 

Synopsis: On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.

A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a retired couple reminisce about neighbours long since moved on; a teenage boy braves the dark waters of the loch in his red kayak. Each person is wrapped in their own cares but increasingly alert to the makeshift community around them. One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.

‘Nothing escapes her sly humour and brilliant touch. Deft and brimming with life, Summerwater is a novel of endless depth. A masterpiece.’

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here or get it now as an ebook or audiobook on your BorrowBox.

Title : Ducks, Newburyport

Author : Lucy Ellmann 

Synopsis: A lioness tries to keep her cubs safe, a narrative thread related outside the stream-of-consciousness of the central character, who spews out the minutiae of her life over 1,030 pages.

If you’d like to read this book you can place a hold on a copy for pickup in any of our libraries by requesting it here.

Join us next week for another list of recommended Cli-Fi reads.

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