The Unraveling

Introducing my 5th novel, “The Unraveling”. As I endeavor to make new acts of creation with each one, this book – which took me 4 years to write – is by far perhaps the most literary; and it feels like I wrote it for this moment in time. I invite you to journey with me and my intrepid band of wanderers looking for peace in a world gone mad.

“When President Ebenezer Fudge unleashes the Frosting, it is but one more indignity inflicted on a terminally ailing world. War, famine and disease have ravaged entire continents. Controlled and exploited by fractured governments, opportunistic politicians and shadowy corporations, once-prosperous societies languish in a welter of failed hopes and shattered ideals. Across this benighted landscape wanders a cast of refugees, set adrift from their homes by one calamity or another and united only in a forlorn hope of something better.

To their ears come rumors of a place somewhere far off across the sea, a sanctuary of sorts where life is lived according to law in the halcyon glow of bygone days. In this last bastion of civilization music still plays, literature and the arts, extinguished elsewhere, continued to flourish, and bounty is coaxed from rejuvenated hillsides and fields. Yet even this utopia is in danger, riven from within by moral questions and threatened from without by a greedy world.

In dense, richly layered prose, this novel tells the story of a future not far removed from the here and now. The Unraveling speaks lucidly and forthrightly about events that are taking place before our eyes. It is insightful, thought-provoking and frighteningly prescient.”

Available at Barnes and Noble. (e-book and paperback coming soon)


About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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2 Responses to The Unraveling

  1. graphicgrub says:

    Like the light on the cover – even a light tower on it—


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