'Despite the open-ended nature of my novel, there is a logic to be drawn in which I trust readers will be able to find hope,' says book author Harriet Alida Lye. Read @ChicagoRevBooks ''cli-fi trends'' columnist (''Burning Worlds'') Amy Brady's interview with Harriet that first appeared in the Chicago Review of Books and two weeks later reprinted more or less verbatim in the @CC_Yale site here:
Can fiction change
about climate change?
''THE HONEY FARM''
Science and fiction both uncover truths
about the world,
says debut author Harriet Alida Lye
Harriet Alida Lye’s debut, The Honey Farm, is a beautiful and uncanny novel that will leave readers guessing to the end. It takes place on a farm during a drought. The farm’s owner, Cynthia, decides to transform her dried land into an artists’ colony, offering the artists a free stay in exchange for working the land. Among the artists who take her up on the offer are Silvia, a recent graduate and wannabe poet, and Ibrahim, a painter struggling with follow-through.
As Silvia and Ibrahim grow closer, they begin to witness strange events on the farm: The water turns an eerie red and frogs take over a nearby pond. Everyone except our two protagonists leave, and Silvia becomes wracked with doubt about who Cynthia really is and whether the environment around her is changing because of climate change or something else. This is a novel as much about how our minds work as the natural world that humanity is wrecking.
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