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Swarm
by Lauren Carter


Overview - In the not-too-distant future, thirty-seven-year-old Sandy lives a challenging and unfamiliar life. She survives by fishing, farming, and beekeeping on an isolated island with her partner, Marvin, and friend, Thomson. When the footprints of a thieving child start appearing in their garden, the family must come together to protect both the child and their fragile community.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In the not-too-distant future, thirty-seven-year-old Sandy lives a challenging and unfamiliar life. She survives by fishing, farming, and beekeeping on an isolated island with her partner, Marvin, and friend, Thomson. When the footprints of a thieving child start appearing in their garden, the family must come together to protect both the child and their fragile community.

In the face of scarcity, Sandy still dreams of being a mother. The thought of a child compels her to revisit her earlier life in a city plagued by power outages, unemployment, and protests. There she met Marvin and joined his violent cause, initiating a chain of events that led to tragic and life-altering consequences.

A powerful debut novel, Swarm is about persevering in a time of shrinking options, and coming to terms with regrettable choices.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781927366202
  • ISBN-10: 1927366208
  • Publisher: Brindle & Glass
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women
Books > Fiction > Dystopian

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Carter makes the leap from poetry and nonfiction to full-length fiction in this quiet tale of life, death, and rebirth, set against a near-future backdrop of economic collapse and increasing hardship. Cassandra ekes out a meager existence on an island along with her lover, Marvin, and their ailing friend, Thomson. Of late, she’s obsessed with feeding and taming a feral girl haunting the nearby area. Cassandra’s experiences before arriving on the island are slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks, including her dalliances with both community service and violent activism, as civilization crumbles around her. The quiet desperation and bleakness of the story line is balanced by faint optimism, personified through an ongoing focus on beehives in both past and present. The language is beautiful and emotional, fitting for a book where the action is understated and the focus is on introspection and day-to-day survival, but there’s little to connect the reader with the characters. Agent: Samantha Haywood, Transatlantic Literary Agency. (Sept.)

 
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