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Describe your latest book.
My latest book is yet another collection of short stories — since what better way can we imagine to enact social change in the current United States? — entitled The World to Come
. And once again I’m all over the place in terms of worlds, and voices, from 19th-century English explorers on one of the Arctic’s most nightmarish expeditions to 20th-century American military wives maintaining hope at home while their husbands man precarious radar stations in spectacularly treacherous waters, to 18th-century French balloonists inventing manned flight. There are also, among others, two frontier housewives who forge a once-in-a-lifetime connection despite and because of their isolation; a father and son who, during a cataclysmic volcanic eruption, sprint for home, knowing they’ll never make it; and three women in Queensland in the late 19th century who find themselves facing one of the largest cyclones in Australia’s history....