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At the Bottom of New Lake by @SonyaLarson

By Pamelascott

A girl growing up in Cape Cod explores the collectible debris of a once-perfect world she's too young to remember. But as the past resurfaces, so do old questions about her place in society.

To Chinese American teenager Chuntao, New Lake is a beautiful haven where she can hunt for treasures once swallowed up by a big flood. But when she's caught scavenging by her biology teacher, a woman whose own past has been swept away, Chuntao is faced with an imponderable question: Which world was better-the ideal one she never knew or the destroyed one that now belongs to her?

Sonya Larson's At theBottom of New Lake is part of Warmer, a collection of seven visions of aconceivable tomorrow by today's most thought-provoking authors. Alarming,inventive, intimate, and frightening, each story can be read, or listened to,in a single breath-taking sitting.

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[Sandra, who never noticed me, noticed]

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(AmazonOriginal Stories, 30 October 2018, ebook, 24 pages, Prime Reading)

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Yeah, another tale in the Warmercollection that does what it says on the tin. In this case, it's the devastatingeffect of flooding caused when waters rise perilously high. At the Bottom ofNew Lake is a great story. I was riveted. The characters are well written.I loved the way the author shows the frustration of the biology teacher becauseChuntao doesn't seem to understand howterrible the flooding was and how she's scavenging at a grave-site which isdisrespectful. Chuntao doesn't feel the devastation is as serious as the teachersays because the rich people lost their things and the new world is better for her.I loved the way they play off against each other. At the Bottom of New Lake is hugely enjoyable.

At the Bottom of New Lake by @SonyaLarson

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