Life in the Broken Places

Interview with Jeff VanderMeer
Video by Vasanta Studios

Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Reach trilogy, explores northern Florida to discuss the encroaching threats to local wildlife, environmental writing as a political act, and the inspiration for his latest novel, Borne.

Borne book cover


MCD × FSG, 2017

“Am I a person?” Borne asked me.

“Yes, you are a person,” I told him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”

In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company—a biotech firm now derelict—and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner,...

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