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The Eleventh Grieve (Unpublished)

This is the third grieve.

Turn on the TV, check the news feed, pick up the paper. You can’t escape the reports of “murderous heat waves, Cuisinart tornadoes, ark-worthy rains, scorched-earth droughts, serial nor’beasters, and knock-on effects, like Vesuvial mudslides, uncontrollable, blazing-Hell wildfires, Atlantis-like inundations, and the general sense that the world is coming to an end.”

 

Welcome to “weird weather,” as Jake Krimmer stubbornly calls it in this timely new 75,000-word novel that takes place in the very-near future. Krimmer is a climate change denier set straight by two strong women. The first may be “the one,” even though Krimmer is reluctant to admit it. The other is an alluring, enigmatic, and perhaps other-worldly being who uses the far-reaching powers of the Nimbus—a technology that “lives above the Cloud in the datasphere”—to orchestrate Krimmer’s professional and romantic redemption. Think A Christmas Carol but with a beautiful, high-tech guardian angel cum yenta instead of ghosts.