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The City Where We Once Lived

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
In this “eerie, beautifully written” novel, a city decimated by climate change becomes a haven for outcasts—until people start coming to them for refuge (Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven).
 
In a near future where climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture, the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned. Aside from the scavengers stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there hoping to escape the demons of their past.
 
But now strangers are showing up in the North End, telling stories of social and political collapse in the South End and beyond. Faced with a growing disruption to his isolated life, the narrator and the rest of the citizens of the North End must choose whether to welcome these outsiders as neighbors or confront them as invaders.
 
The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel that combines a prescient look at how climate change and industrial flight will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Spare and elegant, this novel brings into breathtaking relief a frighteningly recognizable future. Eric Barnes shows us what it means to inhabit—a building, a city, a life. And also what it means to be inhabited—by memories, by ghosts, and maybe, just maybe, by hope." - Elise Blackwell

"An intensely envisioned work of dystopian realism and American desolation, beautifully drawn from the slow-motion apocalypse of everyday life." - Christopher Brown

"Written in a gorgeously spare language that perfectly reflects the dystopic future this novel depicts, The City Where We Once Lived kept me enthralled throughout. At its core is a deep and admirable compassion for humanity." - Chris Offutt

"Barnes's new novel is a rare and truly original work: a hard-edged fable, tender and unflinching, in which a man's descent and renewal is mirrored by his city. An eerie, beautifully written, and profoundly humane book." - Emily St. John Mandel


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Used availability for Eric Barnes's The City Where We Once Lived

Hardback Editions

April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Author(s): Eric Barnes
ISBN: 1-62872-883-3 / 978-1-62872-883-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade
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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Author(s): Eric Barnes
ISBN: 1-950691-14-4 / 978-1-950691-14-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived
Author(s): Eric Barnes
ISBN: 1-978602-17-0 / 978-1-978602-17-5
Publisher: Bolinda/Brilliance audio
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Author(s): Eric Barnes
ISBN: 1-5436-8022-4 / 978-1-5436-8022-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: City Where We Once Lived, The
Author(s): Eric Barnes
ISBN: 1-5436-8021-6 / 978-1-5436-8021-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Author(s): Eric Barnes
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Author(s): Eric Barnes
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Author(s): Eric Barnes
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The City Where We Once Lived: A Novel
Author(s): Eric Barnes
Publisher: Arcade
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU