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You've seen the buzz about the new book. You know his biography and fascinating backlist. Now we invite you to go deeper: into the big generous brain of Jeff VanderMeer.
We are grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect you with one of the world's most intriguing thinkers.
About Hummingbird Salamander
“Hummingbird Salamander is harrowing, gripping, and profound. It's both a thriller and a requiem for a disappearing world. I expect this novel to haunt me for a long time.” - Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel
From the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the end of all things.
Software manager Jane Smith receives an envelope containing a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and salamander. Alongside the key is a list of five other animals. The list is signed, “Love, Silvina”. Jane does not know a Silvina and she wants nothing to do with the taxidermied animals. The hummingbird and salamander are, it turns out, two of the most endangered species in the world. Silvina Vilcapampa, the woman who left the note, is a reputed eco-terrorist, and the daughter of a recently deceased Argentine industrialist. And by removing the hummingbird and the salamander from the storage unit, Jane has set into motion a series of events over which she has no control.
Instantly, Jane and her family are in danger and she finds herself alone and on the run from both Silvina's family and her eco-terrorist accomplices — along with the wildlife traffickers responsible for the strange taxidermy. She seems fated to follow in Silvina's footsteps as she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, and why she is now at the centre of this global conspiracy, and what exactly Silvina was planning. Time is running out — for her and possibly for the world.
Hummingbird Salamander is Annihilation author Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world.
About Jeff VanderMeer
New York Times bestselling writer Jeff VanderMeer has been called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues. His most recent novel, the national bestseller Borne, received wide-spread critical acclaim and has been added to the National Endowment for the Arts prestigious Big Reads program. His prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance). Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, has been translated into 35 languages, and was made into a film from Paramount Pictures directed by Alex Garland. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and the Washington Post. He has coedited several iconic anthologies with his wife, the Hugo Award winning editor. Other titles include Wonderbook, the world’s first fully illustrated creative writing guide. VanderMeer served as the 2016-2017 Trias Writer in Residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He has spoken at the Guggenheim, the Library of Congress, and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination.
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- Jeff VanderMeer By the Book -The New York Times Book Review
- Climate Collapse comes for the spy thriller in Jeff VanderMeer’s sly genre game –L.A. Times
- Jeff VanderMeer Wants to Show You How the World Ends –The New York Times Book Review