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The Sea in the Darkness Calls.

Photographs and text by Bryan Thomas. Designed by Alejandro Torres Viera. Produced by Chung Chiang.
Self-published, Brooklyn, USA, 2016. In English. 70 pp., 44 color illustrations, 11¼x15".

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Selected as Book of the Week by Forrest Soper

“When I was a teenager in Tampa, Florida, news of an approaching hurricane was often met with glee, a day off school, and a 'hurricane party.' On beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, we would swim and surf as the hurricane narrowly missed us, sending sloppy waves onto the shore. At night, as some slept, others—fueled by the electricity of hormones, drink, and drugs—would dance in the crepuscular water and wonder what lurked beneath. When the clouds gave way to the glare of a Florida sun, the entire experience became evanescent: a dream that we had taken extra care to remember only to find ourselves unable to recall. We felt that melancholy in a silent car on the drive home. The hurricane had come and gone. And, soon, we would do the same. Graduate. Get a job. Start families. A hurricane would soon be cause for alarm and not celebration.

More than a decade later, when I visit Florida, I don’t spend my nights, arms outstretched, yelling into an oncoming gale. I talk with my mother about when she should sell her home, a home that could be underwater before the start of the next century. In 2014, two research teams studying climate change came to the same, saddening conclusion: the decline of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) had become irreversible. In the years since I’d celebrated 'hurricane days,' climate change had reached 'the point of no return.' Sea levels would rise. Homes would be lost. Life, as we knew it, had forever been changed. The joy that I once found on Florida’s coast was suddenly disappearing...” — Bryan Thomas

Printed on 60-lb newsprint. Contains one vintage postcard, unique to each copy.

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