A Diary in the Age of Water follows the climate-induced journey of Earth and humanity through four generations of women, each with a unique relationship to water.
Centuries from now, in a dying boreal forest in what used to be northern Canada, Kyo, a young acolyte called to service in the Exodus, yearns for Earth’s past—the Age of Water, before the “Water Twins” destroyed humanity. Looking for answers and plagued by vivid dreams of this holocaust, Kyo discovers the diary of Lynna, a limnologist from a time just prior to the destruction. The diary spans a 20-year period in the mid-20th century and describes a planet in the grip of severe water scarcity. Lynna, in her work for a multinational utility that controls and manipulates Earth’s water, witnesses and records the disturbing events that will soon lead to humanity’s demise.
“Evoking Ursula LeGuin’s unflinching humane and moral authority, Nina Munteanu takes us into the lives of four generations of women and their battles against a global giant that controls and manipulates Earth’s water. In a diary that entwines acute scientific observation with poignant personal reflection, Lynna’s story unfolds incrementally, like climate change itself. Particularly harrowing are the neighbourhood water betrayals, along with Lynna’s deliberately dehydrated appearance meant to deflect attention from her own clandestine water collection.”—LYNN HUTCHINSON LEE, multimedia artist, author, and playwright
“A book of genuine power, A Diary in the Age of Water, is simply and beautifully told.” — LUCIA MONICA GOREA, author of Journey Through My Soul
“A Diary in the Age of Water is an insightful novel… a cautionary tale rummaging through the forgotten drawers of time in the lives of four generations.” —DRAGONFLY.ECO
“Lyrical and dystopian, ‘A Diary in the Age of Water’ is as much an ode to water as it is a cautionary tale about the dire implications of climate change.” —FOREWORD CLARION 5-STAR REVIEW
“In poetic prose with sober factual basis, Munteanu transmutes a harrowing dystopia into a transcendentalist origin myth. An original cautionary tale that combines a family drama with an environmental treatise.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
“An exceptional and thought-provoking dystopian fiction.”—LITERARY TITAN
“A brilliant story… Munteanu gives us a dystopian shiver fest as if applying electro-shock therapy to our souls… Munteanu writes with fresh, stimulating style, and she takes us through these characters’ minds with a rich flow of metaphor and insight.” —CRAIG BOWLSBY, author of Knights of Winter
“The story like water itself fills you, moves you, hypnotizes you, and eventually, totally engulfs you.”—GOODREADS REVIEW
“Thoroughly researched and cleverly executed, A Diary in the Age of Water is a must-read, especially for those who are longing for nature, and touch, while fearing both.”
—CARA MOYNES, Amazon Review
“A feast of limnology-related knowledge and a magnificent tribute to water in all her forms.” — CLAUDIU MURGAN, author of Water Entanglement
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Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and award-winning novelist, short story writer, and author of non-fiction. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Nina has coached writers to publication for several decades using her Alien Guidebook Series writing guides. Nina’s non-fiction book “Water Is…” by Pixl Press was selected by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times ‘Year in Reading’ and was chosen as the 2017 Summer Read by Water Canada. Her latest book, a dystopian eco-novel “A Diary in the Age of Water” was released by Inanna Publications in June 2020.