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6 Books For The Beach At The End Of The World

Stormy sea and breaking waves

You know it's been a long year when people ask for summer reads and you find yourself recommending Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thievesin which Indigenous North Americans band together to escape government hunters in the wake of societal collapse — as a comforting story. (Hey, at least everybody's banding together.)

It can be great to leave the cacophony of the world behind for the length of a book. But sometimes the best company for concern is stories of concern. There's no shortage of stories about the end of everything, and I chose these books partly to span different genres of disaster. (Some I chose for their tiny threads of hope, because, well.)

So if you're sweating out the summer (literally or otherwise) and in the mood for something world-ending, but not quite, here are six books that might be just grim enough to comfort you.

Genevieve Valentine's latest novel isIcon.

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