“The Migration,” by Helen Marshall

Novel, 2019

Apocalyptic story anticipating the end but also the beginning of days, from the point of view of a young adult, changing and transitioning, from living in Canada to moving to the UK, from passing from childhood into adulthood, and in a life whose relationships and circumstances mirror the ecological turmoil around her. This is a story told crisply and one which refers back to historical precedents and parallels and does so, in the main, pretty effectively. Some great passages and set pieces, though at times, it feels as if there’s possibly too much going on, as if the weight of significance is stretched between the hefty personal, sociological and historical markers being thrown down. A gripping tale, nonetheless.

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