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The fourth and final book of the World Made By Hand series.


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“The Harrows of Spring is a moving and gripping novel that completes the story of the quaint upstate New York town of Union Grove, thrown into a future world that in many ways resembles the nineteenth century.

In Union Grove, early spring is a challenging season, known as the “six weeks want,” a time when fresh food is scarce and the winter stores are dwindling. The town is struggling in particular this year as the Hudson River trade route to Albany has been halted by the local plantation tycoon Stephen Bullock, who has deemed it too resource-intensive and is now striving for self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, after returning from his travels around what is left of the United States, Daniel Earle is intent on resurrecting a newspaper for the community, and finds an interesting story to cover when representatives of a group of anti-establishment, hyper-liberals known as the Berkshire People’s Republic arrive in the town. The thrilling conclusion to Kunstler’s beloved series, The Harrows of Spring is a powerful, moving tale of insurrection, survival, and what it means to be human.”


About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  3. claymore1 October 3, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    I just finished this book last night. I tried to read slowly and savor every bit of it, since it’s the last of the series that I’ve enjoyed so much. And I have to say that I’ve particularly liked Brother Jobe. He may be one of my favorite literary characters ever. I love the way he talks, his wry way of summing up situations, and the way he continually surprises…like that law degree from Duke!
    I kept thinking, while reading the series, that our age of oil has gone by so quickly. My mother was born in rural Tennessee in 1920. Her father, among other things, ran a sorghum molasses operation, with mules used to power it. Her mother canned all their vegetables and sewed their clothes and killed chickens for Sunday dinner. They used outhouses and pumped water and lit lamps…I don’t know at what point they finally got electricity. My mother rode a bicycle every day to her first job, teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, where she would get the fire going in the wood stove on cold mornings before the kids came in. She migrated to Washington DC for a better job during WWII, married my father after the war, and then they traveled the world as State Dept. employees. As a middle-class child of the fifties I only knew security and unthinking acceptance of ease. It wasn’t until my oldest son got me to read The Long Emergency that I saw the first large cracks appear in my thoughtless belief that my world will always be safe and things will always be the way they have been. Now I realize that my children’s lives may circle back around to become very much like the life my mother experienced in rural Tennessee during the depression years. How very short that age of oil has been.
    Thanks so much for your books and blog! I think I can tolerate your message of the coming crash because you also paint a picture of the ways in which life might actually become more rich and satisfying in a world made by hand.

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