The Future (Biblioasis International Translation #44) (Paperback)

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By Catherine LeRoux, Susan Ouriou (Translator)
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Starting as an urban mystery in an alternate, post-crash Detroit still in French territory, the story migrates into the neighboring park encampment of runaway children–a Lost Boys-esque realm where the mystical is still possible next to all-too-human brutality, grit, and mutual aid. Each group fearful of the other, they are brought together by a murder mystery, guerilla gardening, and a tenacious but wary fight for the future. Moving forward is going to take intergenerational environmental and social work. Urban/eco fantasy fans and social justice believers, unite!

Also:    -Delightfully creative names for fruits and vegetables.
            -The kid that never comes down from the tree the whole book is awesome.
            -A black stallion that arrives in the nick of time neighing in
valor and destiny before a backdrop of apocalypse and

— From Michelle


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In an alternate history in which the French never surrendered Detroit, children protect their own kingdom in the trees.

In an alternate history of Detroit, the Motor City was never surrendered to the US. Its residents deal with pollution, poverty, and the legacy of racism-and strange and magical things are happening: children rule over their own kingdom in the trees and burned houses regenerate themselves. When Gloria arrives looking for answers and her missing granddaughters, at first she finds only a hungry mouse in the derelict home where her daughter was murdered. But the neighbours take pity on her and she turns to their resilience and impressive gardens for sustenance.

When a strange intuition sends Gloria into the woods of Parc Rouge, where the city's orphaned and abandoned children are rumored to have created their own society, she can't imagine the strength she will find. A richly imagined story of community and a plea for persistence in the face of our uncertain future, The Future is a lyrical testament to the power we hold to protect the people and places we love--together.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771965606
ISBN-10: 1771965606
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Biblioasis International Translation