Published by Algonquin Books, The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele is now out in paperback. Check out that stunning cover! I’m a sucker for bokeh against a mostly-monochrome background like this. So pretty.
If you’re looking for post-apocalyptic fiction with an optimistic, hopeful take, where there is good within all of the chaos, where the focus is on how we rebuild and the connections we make with others, this just might be the book for you. See what others had to say about this title:
“The Lightest Object in the Universe is a hopeful, heartbreaking post-apocalyptic novel set in a world where half the population has been killed by a widespread flu and electricity and running water are a thing of the past. Mini societies and gangs have formed in this new America, and in the center of the country, the leader of a large, mysterious cult takes to the radio to call his followers to join him. Amid the chaos, two lovers separated by the continent try to find each other and make a new life in the darkness. This was a great novel about building community from nothing, fighting the odds for people you love, and the power of storytelling to overcome the darkness. It’s a perfect book for fans of Station Eleven and anyone who finds the idea of uplifting post-apocalyptic novels a fascinating concept.”
—Elissa Sweet, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
“Kimi Eisele has been thinking – a lot – about the potential for disaster built into our electrical, device-laden, entertainment-seeking world. But do we really need all these things? She’s found a remarkable answer. When the lights go out, the people get sick and die, and the future looks to be at its bleakest, people soon discover they have more in common than they thought, and caring about one another can bring them into community and hope. This book was written with a lovely, compelling and flowing narrative that is unusual to find encompassing such a somber story. Then again, perhaps not. After all, language is what reveals us for what we are inside. I think everyone should read this book and learn how it speaks to you.”
—Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, WA
“It might be an oxymoron to call an apocalyptic novel hopeful, but The Lightest Object in the Universe, is a testament to the power of love in the darkest times. Like a near-future Cold Mountain, it’s the story of a man’s epic journey to reunite with the woman he loves, and a woman’s determination to reimagine and rebuild after the fall. There’s horror, yes, but more moments of ingenuity, generosity, and grace. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Sheri Holman, author of Witches on the Road Tonight