Cold New Climate
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Recommended by Gayle
‘Isobel Wohl’s Cold New Climate approaches the coming climate apocalypse from a oblique angle: it’s a novel about facing an uncertain future and trying to work out how to live in it. Like the story itself, Wohl’s prose – slyly simple and deadpan – creeps up on you. Startling and totally compelling.’
From the publisher
Lydia is unsettled in her New York life. She takes herself away to Greece, secure in the belief that her much-older partner Tom will be there on her return. However, when she comes back, she discovers he’s fallen in love with someone else. Her life now in disarray, Lydia faces a future in which nothing is secure. When she reconnects with Tom’s teenage son Caleb, all three lives are recast in shocking and devastating ways.
All the while we sense that in the world at large there are greater changes happening, changes over which they have even less control.
Isobel Wohl’s precise, brilliant, hyper-observant prose lays bare the ever-changing rules by which we try to conduct our lives, and in its astonishing conclusion, the novel asks us its most profound question: how do we want to live?