20 September 2016

Today's Read: We Are Unprepared by Med Little Reilly

We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly; featureWhen that fabled devastating storm to end all storms is about to hit your area, what would you do: work with your community to keep everyone safe, take a survivalist everyone-for-himself stand, turn to God for protection, or await government help? As it turns out Ash and his wife, Pia, pick different options:

We were driving east on Route 15 when the world first learned of the coming storms. Pia and I had just met with a fertility specialist in Burlington and we were both staring straight ahead at the road as we digested the information we'd received there. I didn't want to see a doctor about having babies. That was for people who were old or sick or in a rush, and we were none of those things. But it's true that we had sort of been trying on and off for a year, so with a little persuasion, I agreed to the appointment. Conceiving a child had become Pia's obsession in the preceding months, and her determination trumped my ambivalence.
We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (MIRA Books, 2016, Chapter 1, ARC)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Isole, Vermont, in the not so distant future.
  • Circumstances: Ash and Pia had been living a very urban life in Brooklyn before deciding to move to Ash's native Vermont to live a quieter life and maybe start a family. They begin to settle in, meeting neighbors and townsfolk. But when the government predicts an impending super storm, the cracks in their marriage and their new community start to burst open.
  • Genre: adult, psychological study, not exactly dystopian
  • Themes: marriage, community, environmental issues, survival
  • Characters: Ash (the guy) and Pia, a thirty-something couple; August, a neighbor boy who seems to be alone; Maggie, a schoolteacher who befriends Ash; Peg, a scientist with an interest in the environment; various other community members, including survivalists, fundamental Christians, Yuppies, and farmers
  • Why I want to read this: Let's face it, storms in the East seem to be getting worse, and I'm curious how a small community and a couple will cope with a mega-storm. The novel promises to explore the personal and social ramifications of a natural disaster.
  • What some reviews have said: The plot is a little drawn out and some of the secondary characters are not very well developed. The story is told from Ash's point of view and in retrospect, so we know he survives. Also, apparently We Are Unprepared is more a psychological study than it is a treatise on climate change.
  • Something to know: Author Meg Little Reilly worked for the Obama administration as deputy associate director at the White House Office of Management and Budget.


sjhigbee 9/20/16, 6:06 AM  

This one sounds really interesting... It sounds as if some of the readers were a little put off as it seems to cross a couple of genres - which is fine by me. Are you enjoying it? Mine this week is far more fun:) https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/teaser-tuesday-20th-september-2016/

Laura 9/20/16, 6:35 AM  

The title coupled with the description makes me think they weren't ready for more than the storm - that they are also not quite ready to be a family yet. My Teaser is from a novel where the main character has been referred to as a backpacking Bridget Jones.

Stephen P. Bianchini 9/20/16, 6:40 AM  

That sounds great Beth, thanks for sharing. This is mine: http://earthianhivemind.net/2016/09/20/teaser-tuesday-september-20/

collinesblog.com 9/20/16, 7:09 AM  

Sounds like the storm could be the catalyst to other decision making.
My teaser this week: https://collinesblog.com/2016/09/20/teaser-tuesday-peacetime-by-robert-edric/

Kathy Martin 9/20/16, 8:01 AM  

Sounds interesting. I can see the cracks in their marriage even from this brief teaser. My teaser comes from Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron. Happy reading!

PD Workman 9/20/16, 8:24 AM  

Ugh, the infertility dance. Interesting to see how the themes will weave together.

Explore a psychological mystery this week in this book by Alex Marwood: https://wp.me/p3Nz8P-TL

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 9/20/16, 8:24 AM  

Sounds interesting and atmospheric.

Daryl 9/20/16, 8:41 AM  

sounds interesting ... if you want a good read about impending doom and reactions/preparation for it ..Ben Winters' The Last Policeman is just right for you (I really liked it)

Kay 9/20/16, 8:46 AM  

I saw this one recently and wondered about it. I'm from an area with lots and lots of storms too. Somehow, I'm always interested in books about storms. Even if that part is not central to the story, I'm still going to try to read this book. Thanks for sharing it!

Laura Thomas 9/20/16, 8:52 AM  

I enjoy character driven stories and ones where the elements affect them. On my list of must reads!

My TT from The Ice Bridge

Ms. M. 9/20/16, 10:20 AM  

Sounds like it will weave a lot of ideas together. Here's my link: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1hs

Laurel-Rain Snow 9/20/16, 12:26 PM  

The book sounds like it has the ingredients I love in a good story....except for the hint of dystopian. But since it's "not quite," I might just go ahead. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD”

Iliana 9/20/16, 5:14 PM  

This sounds good and I can already imagine this one on the big screen!

Margot 9/20/16, 7:04 PM  

Surprisingly, this appeals to me. I'm going to give it a try.

Nise' 9/20/16, 10:48 PM  

I like the combination of subjects, I would keep reading.

Jackie Mc Guinness 9/21/16, 12:55 PM  

Appeals to me, added to my TBR.

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