After the Flood

After the Flood

A Novel

Book - 2019
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A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America's great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water. Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Arctic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062889362
Branch Call Number: 813.6 M758
FICTION Montag 2019
Characteristics: 417 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Aug 23, 2020

I tend to avoid dystopian climate fiction (cli-fi) because I already have an anxiety disorder. But because this book was selected for 2020 Omaha Reads, I picked it up right away.

I'm glad this book was selected for Omaha Reads. In fact, I voted for it. The author is from rural Nebraska and currently lives in Omaha. She wrote this book before the historic, devastating Nebraska flooding of March 2019 that submerged parts of the Omaha metro area and the rural communities surrounding it. And now, amidst a global pandemic, this book was meant for our community to read.

In the not-so-distant future, a ravenous 100-year-flood submerges Earth and its jurisdictions as we know it. The only land forms are islands that were once mountain peaks — the water is that high. With borders and their governments erased, raider ships lurk the endless sea to colonize whatever and whomever is on the horizon.

I was often frustrated with our protagonist, Myra, who is stubborn and, at times, selfish. But that was probably the point; I, for one, would not be able to survive and think clearly under such stressful conditions, not to mention care for a young child at sea. When everyone is fighting for survival, there is no trust.

I'm looking forward to the Omaha Public Library's virtual book talk with the author. It's been a while since I've read an action-packed novel that keeps me up at night, turning the pages.

Jun 26, 2020

Heart-wrenching story of a woman torn between protecting the daughter she still has and searching for the daughter she lost. Strong capable female lead in a world filled with water.


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Jun 26, 2020

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