Fauna


Coach House Books, September 2020: In Christiane Vadnais’s debut, ten lush and bracing linked climate fictions depict a world gorgeous and terrifying in its likeness to our own.

The sumptuous imagery and limpid atmosphere forms a dizzying picture of a world after human existence. – Publishers Weekly  |  Reminiscent of Ovid, Kafka, and Wells … depicts the hypnotic Darwinian nightmare our negligence and denial will lead us to in the coming years. – Le Devoir  |  … chronicles not so much the end of the world, as the end of a very specific, rather repugnant humanworld… one of the most beautifully written books in contemporary anglophone climate-fiction. – Anna Kasradze, Full Stop |  With a devotion to language, to rhythm, to imagery (beautifully translated by Pablo Strauss) Vadnais injects a mythical, even scriptural quality to the stark realities of global warming. – Ian Mond, Locus  |  Even with the stories’ grim premise, they never turn cynical. Instead of portending doom, Vadnais’s words sound like a rallying cry… Megan Callahan, Montreal Review of Books  |   I would have given it 5 stars but I love squirrels to much, and the scene where she eats one was too much for me… – Someone on Goodreads