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Press release    April, 2017

Another gripping eco-thriller! Announcing the publication of The Hampshire Project, the final novel in Resilience: A Trilogy of Climate Chaos. Young Terra must battle the evils unleashed by rampant climate change, from mass migration to autocracy.
In 2082, capitalizing on fear and deprivation, a self-serving elite is taking over all surviving communities. Will Terra be able to find the father she never met amid the chaos and deception? What will happen if she does?
“My books are meant as a warning, not a prediction,” says Kitty Beer. “But they are based on real possibilities as our planet melts. These are primarily stories about love and family, people braving disaster.”
Kitty Beer’s stories and articles have appeared in print and online in the U.S. and Canada, including her work as an environmental journalist. Her screenplay, Home, placed in the 2004 International Screenwriting Awards contest. She is a member of the National Writers Union and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Beer grew up in New England and raised her two children in Canada, Germany, and upstate New York. She holds her B.A. from Harvard University, and her M.A. from Cornell University. Having traveled extensively, she now makes her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is active in political and environmental efforts. 
The Hampshire Project is the third novel in the trilogy about climate change. The first two are What Love Can’t Do (2006) and Human Scale (2010). All three books are published by Plain View Press, a 40 year old literary publishing house focusing on issues of sociopolitical importance.
Testimonials for The Hampshire Project

“If you are prone to believe that even severe climate change will be well managed, that future governments will calmly move cities inland, providing good jobs in construction and engaging our better selves, Kitty Beer will turn you inside out. The compelling, gutsy characters, the cults and marauding private armies, the Prudential Tower poking out of the Boston Sea and other vivid landscapes, are horribly credible. If Beer’s trilogy, set in the 2040s, 2060s, and continuing here in the 2080s with The Hampshire Project, can’t inspire you to action, nothing will.”
Robert Socolow, Princeton University, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and co-director of Princeton Environment Institute
            “Kitty Beer's latest novel, The Hampshire Project, third in her 
Resilience trilogy, offers a foreboding, forbidding, vision of a future, 
post climate change New England. What was once the proud city of Boston 
is now underwater, victim of major rise in global sea level. Anarchy 
reigns. Fresh water is in short supply, available only to those who can 
afford to pay. Droughts, heat waves, violent storms and devastating 
tornadoes define the new normal. Could this be the future? Hopefully 
not. The Hampshire Project sounds a prescient warning though that the 
potential for disruptive change in future climate is real: it is not a 
hoax as some would suggest. Should The Hampshire Project raise public 
consciousness as to the need for action to address the climate issue, 
that would represent an important bonus. The book is a great read. I 
recommend it with enthusiasm and without qualification.”
Michael B. McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University

The Hampshire Project, the conclusion of Kitty Beer’s powerful trilogy of an environmentally dystopian future, is a wake-up call we owe to our great-grandchildren to heed. But beyond being a chillingly plausible vision of a ruined Earth, this is a tale told with subtlety and compassion. She offers fully formed characters who leap off the pages, by turns surprising us and angering us and eliciting our sympathy and understanding. In The Hampshire Project novelist Kitty Beer asks, and answers, the question that lies at the heart of all great fiction: How do we live in the world we have been given?”
Charles Coe, author of "All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents;" Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston

“A dystopian sci-fi novel imagines a future New England crippled by pollution and under the control of ruthless corporate patriarchs.”
--Kirkus Reviews

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