In Eric Barnes’s novel, The City Where We Once Lived (Arcade), climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture and the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned in favor of the neighboring South End. Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis until stories of unrest begin to spread.
"Barnes's new novel is a rare and truly original work: a hard-edged fable, tender and unflinching, in which a man's descent and renewal is mirrored by his city. An eerie, beautifully written, and profoundly humane book." —Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven.
Eric Barnes, who has roots in Tacoma and in the Kenai, lives in Memphis and is the author of two previous novels, Shimmer and Something Pretty, Something Beautiful. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner and Best American Mystery Stories, among other publications.