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The Displacements

Bruce Holsinger

October 19, 2022

Bruce Holsinger’s novel The Displacements (Riverhead Books, 2022) is a gripping saga about what might happen in a world in which climate change can wreak havoc on life, even for those who have everything. Just before the world’s first category 6 hurricane hits the ground, Daphne, a proficient ceramicist whose pieces are selling for high prices, manages to get the kids packed and in the car. Her husband, a surgeon, is helping evacuate patients at the hospital and can’t be reached when the car runs out of gas, Daphne’s purse is missing, and they family is bussed hundreds of miles away to a FEMA mega shelter in Oklahoma. Knowing that their home is destroyed and there’s nothing to go home to, all they can do is struggle along with all the other evacuees, including the drug dealers and those who hate anyone who is different. No one knows what will happen next.

Bruce Holsinger is a novelist and literary scholar based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of the USA Today and Los Angeles Times-bestselling novel The Gifted School (Riverhead Books, 2019). A Book of the Month Club main selection and described by The Wall Street Journal as "the novel that predicted the College Admissions Scandal," The Gifted School won the Colorado Book Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2019 by NPR and numerous publications. He is also the author of A Burnable Book (2014) and The Invention of Fire (2015), award-winning historical novels published by William Morrow (HarperCollins). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, Slate, and many other publications.). Holsinger also teaches in the English department at the University of Virginia and serves as editor of the quarterly journal New Literary History. His next nonfiction book, On Parchment: Animals, Archives, and the Making of Culture from Herodotus to the Digital Age, will appear from Yale University Press in February 2023. His previous books have won major awards from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America, and the American Musicological Society, and his academic work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. When he’s not teaching or writing, Holsinger plays clawhammer old-time music on his open-back banjo.

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