Palm trees now grow near Stonehenge. Nearby, a small group of humans hang on after decades of catastrophic climate change, global pandemics and economic collapse. So starts Debra Denker’s engaging new novel, Weather Menders. It’s part of a long sci-fi tradition of post-apocalyptic survival but with a twist: empathy and spiritual traditions matter. Denker adroitly weaves in Buddhism, Native American beliefs and other ancient practices as she takes us to particular political moments in the past. Her characters are intriguing, especially her 96-year old protagonist; her locales are beautifully described; and the story line is highly salient. This is a captivating book, a parable about hope and the power of love.
—NV Baker, author, Vanished, a novel