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THE END WE START FROM Me­gan Hunter, Grove Press, 978-0-8021-2689-4

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Po­etic and suc­cinct, Me­gan Hunter’s de­but The End We Start From is an eti­o­log­i­cal ex­er­cise for a cli­mate-changed world. An ex­pec­tant mother nar­rates, plan­ning a beau­ti­ful en­trance for her child de­spite ris­ing tides and the im­mi­nent pos­si­bil­ity that the fam­ily will have to flee. Noth­ing is as sim­ple as a calm wa­ter birth in a time when the sea is swal­low­ing the land. Her son is born into in­creas­ing chaos, and both are left vul­ner­a­ble and ill-equipped for the ter­ri­fy­ingly dif­fer­ent land­scape. The power of Hunter’s story is both in its stark prose, which un­du­lates and cap­tures sear­ing im­ages as po­ems might oth­er­wise do, and in the connection of its fu­ture to the past. Ital­i­cized bits of ori­gin tales ac­com­pany for­ays into the un­known. Set­tings, from re­mote houses to is­lands to refugee camps, are ren­dered with pre­ci­sion, and prove to be a mix­ture of alien and fa­mil­iar. Though the story is marked by in­cred­i­ble loss, the hope be­yond the dev­as­ta­tion is worth hold­ing on for. Hunter’s is an un­com­mon dis­as­ter tale—lovely, in­ti­mate, and fore­bod­ing.

“… an un­com­mon dis­as­ter tale— lovely, in­ti­mate, and fore­bod­ing.”

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