#ColdNewClimate by #IsobelWohl

The world is warming.

Lydia is unsettled in her New York life. She takes herself away to Greece, secure in the belief that her much-older partner Tom will be there on her return. However, when she comes back, she discovers he’s fallen in love with someone else. Her life now in disarray, Lydia faces a future in which nothing is secure. When she reconnects with Tom’s teenage son Caleb, all three lives are recast in shocking and devastating ways.

All the while we sense that in the world at large there are greater changes happening, changes over which they have even less control.

Isobel Wohl’s precise, brilliant, hyper-observant prose lays bare the ever-changing rules by which we try to conduct our lives, and in its astonishing conclusion, the novel asks us its most profound question: how do we want to live?


Gazing out across the blue wilderness of sky, I feel small and insignificant.



(@WeatherglassBks, 15 April 2021, paperback, 277 pages, bought from @LRBbookshop via a #BookSubscriptionBox)




This is a new author for me and my first book from a Subscription Box I took out with the London Review of Books bookshop because I want to read more physical books and want to spend money somewhere that isn’t Amazon. I had no idea what to expect as I didn’t know in advance what book I was getting so I had zero expectations. I knew I was going to enjoy Cold New Climate when I held it in my hands. I loved the feel of the cover and the creamy paper. I got engrossed in the book after a few lines and it didn’t let go until I reached the end. I really loved this book which looks at relationships, both conventional and unconventional, love and life with the pandemic and climate change as a sparsely mentioned backdrop. I fell in love with Lydia, Caleb and Tom and the mess they find themselves in. There’s something really gorgeous about the author’s style as well. I loved this book. I can’t wait to see what I’m sent in May.

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