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Title:
The year of no summer : a reckoning / Rachel Lebowitz.
ISBN:
9781771962193
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
157 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Linked lyric essays.
Contents:
Their useless wings -- Mud -- Tambora -- The last frost fair -- The garden of the fugitives -- Ragnarok -- Daedalus -- Medusa -- The children of famine -- Let not the Lord -- The ice maiden -- The Laufmashine -- Afterword: The path.
Abstract:
"On April 10th, 1815, Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted. A build-up of ash in the stratosphere altered weather patterns and lead, in 1816, to a year without a summer. Instead, there were June snowstorms, food shortages, epidemics, inventions, and the proliferation of new cults and religious revivals. These linked lyrical essays chart the events and effects of the apocalyptic year following the eruption. Weaving history, fairytale, mythology, and memoir, Rachel Lebowitz ruminates on our interaction with weather and the natural world, motherhood, transformation, war, the human appetite for destruction, and our search for God and meaning in times of disaster."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

On April 10th, 1815, Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted. Th e resulting build-up of ash in the stratosphere altered weather pat-terns and led, in 1816, to a year without summer. Instead, there were June snowstorms, food shortages, epidemics, inventions, and the proliferation of new cults and religious revivals.

Hauntingly meaningful in today's climate crisis, Lebowitz's lyric essay charts the events and eff ects of that apocalyptic year. Weaving together history, mythology, and memoir, The Year of No Summer ruminates on weather, war, and our search for God and meaning in times of disaster.


Author Notes

Rachel Lebowitz, the author of Hannus (Pedlar Press, 2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prize) and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is also the author of Cottonopolis (Pedlar Press, 2013) and the co-author, with Zachariah Wells, of the children's picture book Anything But Hank! (Biblioasis, 2008, illustrated by Eric Orchard). She lives in Halifax, where she coordinates adult tutoring programs at her neighbourhood library.


Table of Contents

Their Useless Wingsp. 13
Mudp. 21
Tamborap. 31
The Last Frost Fairp. 45
The Garden of the Fugitivesp. 55
Ragnarokp. 57
Daedalusp. 61
Medusap. 69
The Children of Faminep. 85
Let Not the Lordp. 91
The Ice Maidenp. 105
The Laufmashinep. 109
Afterword: The Pathp. 125
Notesp. 129