Monday, January 21, 2019

THRESHOLD -- a cli-fi novel by Susan Feathers

''Threshold'' is a cli-fi novel by American writer Susan Feathers

Her novel is on the Amazon book ordering site and has been reviewed positively by a range of people from professionals to nature readers to concerned parents.
While it centers in the Southwest of the U.S., specifically Tucson, it presents interrelated stories and characters who are in the midst of a water and energy crisis. 
Susan was Director of Education at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and wrote the book from her knowledge of the environmental and social dimensions in a multicultural city on the brink of a crisis, she tells this blog in a recent email.

You can see details about the novel and the cover art on Amazon here.

Susan tells me by way of introduction: 

''Living in the large desert cities of Arizona, I marveled at how people and leaders never talked about water as a delimiting factor in growth. In the cities of Phoenix and Tucson, people delude themselves that technology can outwit nature -- a widespread fantasy in the Southwest USA. As Director of Education at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, I realized that more educational programs would not move the needle as the community approached a threshold. Lack of water and rising heat threatens life itself.  Lake Mead hovers at emergency levels, the average low temperature in Phoenix had risen by 10 degrees, while a huge chunk of the nation's food production sucks massive flows of Colorado River water to deliver you fresh lettuce and broccoli. To sound the alarm, I decided to write a novel -- to move into the heart space to engage people to understand the urgency. The book is a love story, an adventure, and a cautionary tale brought to readers through the lives of ordinary people and wildlife in a crisis. Solutions exist in the deep history of the Old Pueblo.''

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