THRESHOLD – A Sky Island Story
“Carla awakened in a sweat, her hair matted in damp clumps. In the shower, under the slow dribble, she faced the fact that her dream held more reality than even she wanted to accept. Jim’s embrace faded, replaced by her deep concerns.”
THRESHOLD was released on November 1, 2o16 by Fireship Press in Tucson, Arizona. The novel explores how communities respond to long term drought and increasingly warmer temperatures in a desert city. Tucson, Arizona – like other large metropolitan cities in the Southwest – is facing the challenge of providing water to its inhabitants during a progressively drier and hotter period which scientists are documenting as long-term ecological change. The impacts of climate change are felt disproportionately among residents of varying economic wealth and social capital. These disparities have existed for centuries but now are amplified. How will the city hold together? What happens in individual lives of people living in different circumstances? READ A REVIEW, Threshold Review.
A charismatic climate scientist, conservative businessman, and three teenagers from very different cultural perspectives, navigate a rapidly changing landscape making critical decisions along the way. How would you respond in similar circumstances? Do you agree with the choices they made? How will climate changes affect your community? Are you prepared?
Susan Feathers lived in the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona for nearly 20 years. This story arises from her experiences, and the land and people she came to know and love. A jaguar migrates from the archipelago of mountains – the Sky Islands – that jut from Northern Mexico into southern Arizona. Duma stalks the cattle on ranches near the mountains and is captured when he encounters undocumented immigrants making their own way across the U.S. – Mexican border. What are their fates as they become mired in a regulatory hell?
THRESHOLD brings together all the players in an ecological and social/political drama happening in real time in the United States Yet the story is timeless and universal in its appeal to our common humanity. Realistic but not dystopic in its approach, THRESHOLD will make you think twice as it explores the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced. Look for it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, at Antigone Books, COAS Books, Casa Camino Real Bookstore, and other book distributors.