“I stare at the thick cables, railings, and tops of telephone poles poking through a distant green-black mercurial landscape. Then I look back at the city skyline behind us that’s dwarfed, futuristic, like a bad sci-fi film. I’m scared at what’s around the bend but also numbed by the strange silence that keeps me dipping my oar so that we can move forward.”

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Kate Risse

Kate Risse

Kate Risse teaches Spanish language and culture at Tufts University. She has published articles on the history and culture of Spain and Latin America. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her family, and spends time on Dog Island and in the mountains of Vermont. Inland is her debut novel.



Kate Risse

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June 15, 2024 | 355 pages

Inland: A Journey through a World Transformed 

Welcome to the gripping narrative of Inland, Kate Risse’s first novel that transports readers into the near future, where the forces of climate change irrevocably alter the Earth’s landscape. Set in the year 2026, Inland is not just a journey across the flooded ruins of America but a deep dive into the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.

Inland challenges readers to consider the future we are creating, emphasizing not just the environmental impact of our actions but the human cost of inaction. Through Juliet, Martin, and Billy’s intertwined stories, Risse explores themes of survival, technology’s double-edged sword, and the indomitable nature of human relationships.

 “With our unsettling ‘new normal’ of seemingly nonstop fires and floods, I find myself thinking all the time about Kate Risse’s powerful novel—a story that felt like fiction until recently and now feels like a handbook for holding onto our humanity, as climate change transforms the landscape before our eyes.”
—Christina Lynch, author of The Italian Party and Sally Brady’s Italian Adventure

“Kate Risse chronicles an ever-more-likely future in a gripping story that we need to hear. Her vivid characters and deft portrayal of life in the climate catastrophe that looms ahead will stay with you long after you’ve read the final pages.”
 —Katherine Stewart, author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

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