In this “eerie, beautifully written” novel, a city decimated by climate change becomes a haven for outcasts—until people start coming to them for refuge (Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven).
In a near future where climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture, the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned. Aside from the scavengers stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there hoping to escape the demons of their past.
But now strangers are showing up in the North End, telling stories of social and political collapse in the South End and beyond. Faced with a growing disruption to his isolated life, the narrator and the rest of the citizens of the North End must choose whether to welcome these outsiders as neighbors or confront them as invaders.
The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel that combines a prescient look at how climate change and industrial flight will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past.