The Displacements: A Novel (Hardcover)
"A gripping, full-throttle page turner."– Miranda Cowley Heller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paper Palace
An adrenaline-fueled story of lives upended and transformed by an unprecedented catastrophe
To all appearances, the Larsen-Hall family has everything: healthy children, a stable marriage, a lucrative career for Brantley, and the means for Daphne to pursue her art full-time. Their deluxe new Miami life has just clicked into place when Luna—the world’s first category 6 hurricane—upends everything they have taken for granted.
When the storm makes landfall, it triggers a descent of another sort. Their home destroyed, two of its members missing, and finances abruptly cut off, the family finds everything they assumed about their lives now up for grabs. Swept into a mass rush of evacuees from across the American South, they are transported hundreds of miles to a FEMA megashelter where their new community includes an insurance-agent-turned-drug dealer, a group of vulnerable children, and a dedicated relief worker trying to keep the peace. Will “normal” ever return?
A suspenseful read plotted on a vast national tapestry, The Displacements thrillingly explores what happens when privilege is lost and resilience is tested in a swiftly changing world.
About the Author
Bruce Holsinger is the author of The Gifted School, which won the Colorado Book Award. He teaches at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Praise for The Displacements:
“Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly believable. Seems destined to be a blockbuster.”—Kirkus, STARRED review
“[A] harrowing novel of environmental disaster…This story of displacement and desperation packs a wallop.”–Publishers Weekly
“A riveting and humbling reminder of how precarious our lives are in comparison to the power of nature, and a profound glimpse into our near future.” – Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
“Realistic and immediate, it puts the reader right in the eye of the emotional storm, alongside its characters. As much as this is a wake-up call about the unpredictable nature of weather and life, it is most powerfully a propulsive family drama and a provocative story of human dignity, human indignity, and the deeper meanings of home.” – Miranda Cowley Heller, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Paper Palace
“Bruce Holsinger has written a novel that succeeds in confronting the shocking realities of these times without being either apocalyptic or pessimistic. The Displacements is an urgent, powerful, unputdownable novel, filled with characters that are so vividly drawn that it is impossible not to care about them. A remarkable achievement.” – Amitav Ghosh, author of Sea of Poppies and The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
“Tense, claustrophobic, and all too imaginable. A reminder that disaster doesn’t only happen to other people, that in a heartbeat each of us can be put to the test in a desperate search for physical and emotional survival. Holsinger's beautifully drawn characters are made even more human by their relatable vulnerability in this gripping, twisty drama.”– Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House on the Street