by Zilla N.
Now is not the first time the Earth’s climate has changed. Now is not the first time that temperatures changed, that animals were driven to the brink of extinction, that food production dwindled. Noema is a story about human survival through environmental change twelve thousand years ago. But Noema is much more than historical fiction.
This book is about the price of survival, and who pays it: the animals, the people, All Life. It is about the Law of Unintended Consequences and about complicity for what is done in what is done in your name, when you have been the one to teach people your name. Or when those people are the ones who gave you a name in the first place.
Names and identity are major themes in Noema. I still can’t tell you who the narrator is, but then, I think that’s the point. We are interconnected. We are the living and the dead. We are the humans and the horses and the wheat. We are All Life, and sometimes to preserve All Life, we have to make terrible sacrifices.
Noema is a book that lingers with you, that offers up its precious secrets deliciously slowly. It is a book you can read over and over. Find it here.