This unsettling dystopian novel is set thirty years in the future, in the wake of a third world war waged as a result of a water crisis that ends in catastrophic destruction. One of only a few survivors, a former soldier nicknamed Mercy suffers from PTSD and is haunted by lingering memories of his family; his pain is eased when he meets a singer named Ruby, only to lose her to grief over her own lost son. But when his long-lost brother Leo arrives with news that his children have been spotted, the two brothers travel into the wilderness to look for them, only to find that the line between truth and lies becomes indistinguishable, challenging Mercy’s own moral code about the things that matter amid the wreckage of war and tragedy.
Set against a sparse yet fantastical landscape, The Mercy Journals explores the parameters of personal morality and forgiveness.
Claudia Casper is the author of two previous novels, The Reconstruction (St. Martin’s) and The Continuation of Love By Other Means (Penguin). She is writing a screenplay adaptation of The Reconstruction for a 3D feature film co-production. She teaches writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
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