James Howard Kunstler
Adult Fiction KUNSTLE
Summary: "World Made by Hand is the story of Robert Earle, a former software executive turned carpenter, and his friends and loved ones, and what happens to them one summer in a country that has changed profoundly. The New Faith order, a radical religious sect fleeing the troubles of their native Virginia, has bought the vacant high school and moved in. Their leader, the darkly comical Brother Jobe, takes center stage in the town's affairs at the expense of the troubled local minister Loren Holder. A gang of lowlife ex-motorheads runs the old town dump as a mining operation and bullies everyone else around the county. Meanwhile, the townspeople struggle to feed their families and hold what's left of their community together." "When the crew of a trading boat on the Hudson River goes missing, Robert is enlisted to find them. His strange journey downriver and the events swirling in Union Grove play out against a panorama of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses mowing in the hayfields, and neighbors working shoulder-to-shoulder at things that matter. A powerful tale of love, loss, violence, and desperation, World Made by Hand depicts a surprisingly lyrical, tender, and hopeful new America struggling to be born." "The future is not what you expect. But it is not necessarily something to fear."--BOOK JACKET.
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Lost his job as a software executive; elected mayor for a town that is in a crisis; must rebuild society.