The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020″The New Wilderness is a virtuosic debut, brutal and beautiful in equal measure.”—Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling writer of Station ElevenMargaret Atwood meets Miranda July in this wildly ingenious debut novel of a mother’s warfare to store her daughter in a global ravaged by means of weather change; A prescient and suspenseful book from the writer of the acclaimed story collection, MAN V. NATURE. Bea’s five-year-antique daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away, fed on through the smog and pollutants of the overdeveloped city that most of the population now calls home. If they live in the city, Agnes will die. There is most effective one alternative: the Wilderness State, the remaining swath of untouched, protected land, where human beings have continually been forbidden. Until now. Bea, Agnes, and eighteen others volunteer to live inside the Wilderness State, guinea pigs in an experiment to peer if humans can exist in nature without destroying it. Living as nomadic hunter-gatherers, they slowly and painfully learn how to survive in an unpredictable, dangerous land, bickering and battling for strength and manage as they betray and keep one another. But as Agnes embraces the wild freedom of this new existence, Bea realizes that saving her daughter’s life way dropping her in a different way. The farther they get from civilization, the more their bond is tested in fantastic and heartbreaking ways. At once a blazing lament of our contempt for nature and a deeply humane portrayal of motherhood and what it approach to be human, The New Wilderness is an remarkable novel from a one-of-a-kind literary force.


Bea hunches over the earth, burying her stillborn daughter. She’s broken with grief, even for this infant she did not want, whom she couldn’t envision bringing into this type of hopeless world. But there’s no time to linger, as Bea lives within the wasteland. Animals are circling, hoping to locate meals for their personal young, and Bea’s community is about to move on. She must redirect her interest to her residing daughter, 8-year-old Agnes.

“They had seen lots of death. They had emerge as hardened to it. Not simply the network contributors who had perished in grisly or mundane ways. But round them the entirety died openly. Dying was as not unusual as residing.”

In The New Wilderness, Diane Cook deepens her look at of the relationship between people and the earth, which she previously explored inside the quick story series Man V. Nature. Bea and her husband, Glen, are part of a nomadic community in a wasteland state. Life in the City turned into untenable, in particular after Agnes became so sick that Bea turned into organized for her daughter’s death.

“The Community” starts out with 20 people, even though its numbers range as members die and others procreate. There isn’t numerous privacy—even young Agnes is aware about the adults’ copulation—and network participants recognise they should stick together, even with those they dislike. Community participants publish to being fingerprinted, having their cheeks swabbed and other tests. They’re being studied, but for what, they can’t say.

The wasteland feels dystopian to Bea, but it’s nearly all Agnes can recall. As they navigate a converting terrain and their personal emotional landscapes, Cook incorporates the whole of human experience. The New Wilderness examines our relationships to region and to others because the Community considers its proper to be at the land and whether others have any business sharing the space.


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