The end of the ocean

Maja Lunde

eAudio - 2020

From the author of the number-one international bestseller The History of Bees, a captivating story of the power of nature and the human spirit that explores the threat of a devastating worldwide drought, witnessed through the lives of a father, a daughter, and a woman who will risk her life to save the future. In 2019, seventy-year-old Signe sets sail alone on a hazardous voyage across the ocean in a sailboat. On board, a cargo that can change lives. Signe is haunted by memories of the love of ...her life, whom she'll meet again soon. In 2041, David and his young daughter, Lou, flee from a drought-stricken Southern Europe that has been ravaged by thirst and war. Separated from the rest of their family and desperate to find them, they discover an ancient sailboat in a dried-out garden, miles away from the nearest shore. Signe's sailboat. As David and Lou discover Signe's personal effects, her long ago journey becomes inexorably linked to their own. An evocative tale of the search for love and connection, The End of the Ocean is a profoundly moving father daughter story of survival and a clarion call for climate action.

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[United States] : HarperAudio 2020.
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 53 min.)) : digital
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Main Author
Maja Lunde (author)
Corporate Author
hoopla digital (-)
Other Authors
Jane Copland (narrator), Jean (Narrator) Brassard
Review by Booklist Review

In the second book in Lunde's Climate Quartet, and the sequel to the international bestseller The History of Bees (2017), we encounter a startling image of the causes and culmination of the looming climate catastrophe. In 2017, Signe is a 70-year-old Norwegian and former activist on a long, treacherous solo sailing trip. Along the way, she dwells on the largely climate-related events that split her family apart and the willful failures of her generation to consider their actions. David is a Frenchman in a refugee camp in southern Europe in 2041, estranged from his wife and young baby after forest fires decimated their home, fires stoked by a five-year drought. Wandering outside the camp, David and his young, strong-willed daughter, Lou, find a landlocked boat; it's Signe's. As the water crisis gets worse, the desperation echoes the extremities of Emily St. John Mandel's postapocalyptic Station Eleven (2014). In a gripping narrative, Lunde portrays the profit-motivated decisions that created and are now exacerbating David's horrific existence. This is another brilliant call to arms from a vital contemporary novelist.--Alexander Moran Copyright 2019 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Two stories on the impact of climate change intersect in this thoughtful and suspenseful novel.In 2017, feisty Norwegian journalist and environmental activist Signe, "an aging woman, a little shabby and unkempt in a worn-out parka," returns to a hometown that has been changed for the worse by the building of a dam that harnesses what used to be a beautiful waterfall to produce hydroelectric power. A nearby glacier is vanishing, and to add insult to injury, Signe's estranged lover Magnus, now a capitalist, is sending large quantities of the ice to Saudi Arabia as a luxury item. With the help of a sailboat she has owned since childhood, Signe conceives a plan to shame Magnus. Her story alternates with that of 25-year-old David, who, in 2041 France, has been forced to take up residency with his 6-year-old daughter, Lou, in a refugee camp for those attempting to escape a drought that has been going on for five years. He is hoping against hope that his wife and infant son will join them there and that then they will be able to make their way to the "water countries" up north, but they haven't been seen since the fire that destroyed their town. Both halves of the story are convincingly detailed and quietly wrenching, and Norwegian author Lunde (The History of Bees, 2017) gradually and subtly draws them together to powerful effect. Signe's story moves between her earlier life, clearly revealing how it shaped the woman she is, and her present struggles as she navigates a tiny sailboat on the ocean. David's story widens out to include other residents in the camp as it slides into an increasing state of chaos and as David and Lou begin to come to terms with a new normal and find their way out of the camp and into the countryside.Global problems soundly grounded in the particular. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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