Paperback Fiction Short Take: We Are Unprepared –

From Harlequin’s MIRA imprint comes an absorbing “cli-fi” novel about a superstorm that devastates a small Vermont town and reveals a deep rift in the marriage of the two main characters.

I picked up this debut because the author had previously worked in Washington as a communications officer in the Obama administration and for the Environmental Defense Fund. As I’d hoped, the novel is at once an accessible melodrama and a meditation about the potential costs of climate change on a personal and community scale. As she says in her note at the end of the book, it is “a small gesture of activism and a love letter to the woods I grew up in.”

We Are Unprepared is a Target Book Club Pick. It was included in Redbook’s best new fiction for the fall and mentioned in PW’s and Library Journal’s fall round ups. I think it’s worth having out on new paperback tables.

“Any book group will have lots to discuss here.”
— Library Journal

Never preachy or didactic, Reilly shows the costs of ignoring major problems—whether in a marriage, government, infrastructure, or the environment—and the deadly consequences of such ignorance.”
Booklist

“Ash’s story points to human connection, rather than radical isolationism, as the key to surviving a crisis, a message that will uplift readers.”
— Publishers Weekly

We Are Unprepared (9780778319436) by Meg Little Reilly. $15.99 trade paper original. 8/30/16 on sale.

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