Earth Jumped Back

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Pub Date 18 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jul 2024

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Description

“A wonderfully weird adventure through time, disaster, and youthfulness. Philip Reari weaves an energetic story that, at its core, probes our connection and responsibility to our environment and to each other.” –Irina Zhorov, author of Lost Believers

College junior Ethan Trousock has his own problems: professor Bourman's history exam, parental aging, dating dry spells. The devastating oil spill that blanketed his university's coastline half a century before and led to the birth of the modern environmental movement is ancient history. Until one night when an ocean portal transports him back to 1969.

Denise Pirouet, an overwhelmed student reporter, has a front row seat to the ominous undercurrent unleashed by the inky, oil-laden ocean, including a pernicious bombing at the Faculty Club. Ethan befriends Denise and her boyfriend, whom he suspects he recognizes from the future. As campus unrest mounts, culminating in a bank burning and a violent standoff with the national guard, Ethan and Denise become linked in unexpected ways that will only become clear 50 years later.

Earth Jumped Back is a historical, time-bending novel based on events in Santa Barbara, CA, that occurred during the same period of generational upheaval as the Manson murders. Philip Reari is an environmental reporter and editor whose first novel was shortlisted for the Santa Fe Literary Awards. Read this book for an entertaining, probing peek into the recent past that will make you think differently about today.

“A wonderfully weird adventure through time, disaster, and youthfulness. Philip Reari weaves an energetic story that, at its core, probes our connection and responsibility to our environment and to...


A Note From the Publisher

Philip Reari (pen name) is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor working to reduce industrial pollution and enforce environmental laws. Previously a climate reporter, his work has been published by Dissent, Grist, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, n+1, Wired, and many others. His first book was shortlisted for the Santa Fe Literary Awards.Prior to settling in the District of Columbia, he lived in five western states, two eastern ones, and a few foreign countries. He studied philosophy and art at UC Santa Barbara and journalism and public policy at UT Austin. He enjoys a refreshing walk or bike ride, believes his thumb is somewhat green, and watches too much soccer. His family alternately refer to him as a domestic god and a trash monster.

Philip Reari (pen name) is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor working to reduce industrial pollution and enforce environmental laws. Previously a climate reporter, his work has been published...


Advance Praise

"Earth Jumped Back is an engaging time-travel yarn strung between the massive Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 and the bustling University of California of 2023. Philip Reari has a keen eye for the foibles of college idealists of both decades, and for the cynicism of their faculty counterparts." -T. Jefferson Parker, author of Desperation Reef and three-time Edgar Award Winner

"Earth Jumped Back is an audacious novel of time travel and terrorism, of environmental peril and uncanny nostalgia. With shades of DeLillo's debut, and sometimes reminiscent of Vonnegut, Philip Reari's alternate history of Santa Barbara and the 1970 Isla Vista riots is convincingly evocative, compassionate, and finely written--a fantastic Californian kaleidoscope." -James Reich, author of The Moth for the Star

"Earth Jumped Back is an engaging time-travel yarn strung between the massive Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 and the bustling University of California of 2023. Philip Reari has a keen eye for the...


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ISBN 9781685134488
PRICE US$5.99 (USD)
PAGES 318

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