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"An emergency from its very first sentence, Thirst is a literary thriller that summons the survivalist terror of The Road and the beautiful, aching humanity of writers like Ursula K. Le Guin and José Saramago. It’s also a tense, prescient journey into a collective environmental nightmare--one that’s not very hard to imagine actually happening. This book tapped into fears I didn’t know I had. Warner has given us a worthy, shocking, and poetic debut." ―Patrick Somerville, author of THIS BRIGHT RIVER AND THE CRADLE

"Thirst mirrors the deep anxiety so many feel about modern life: that its complexity makes it fragile and that we're all living on the edge of disaster." ―Mary Doria Russell, author of THE SPARROW and EPITAPH

"Yes, Thirst, Benjamin Warner’s devastating and breathtaking debut, is a novel about water. But it’s also about what it means to be in love, what it means to share--or to think you are sharing--your life with another person. This is a story about community (that ever slippery union) and, further still, about humanity. In limiting his fine focus to the particular--an unimposing suburban neighborhood suddenly isolated and inexplicably without water--Warner taps into a universal: Even at our lowest, our loneliest, and in our most desperate hour, we are still human, still connected, still capable of that sweet appreciation for what it means to be alive. My advice: Read this book. It will make you a better person." ―Hannah Pittard, author of REUNION

"A gripping parable of love and survival as well as a harrowing exploration of our darkest selves. Thrilling and thought-provoking, and dazzling in scope, Benjamin Warner's debut is a surprising, profound portrait of desperation and humanity--and who we are when we are stripped down to our most basic needs." ―Catherine Chung, author of FORGOTTEN COUNTRY