Fen, Bog and Swamp
A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis
by Annie Proulx
This short book is more of a personal essay than a classic nonfiction, as Proulx weaves many threads into the main narrative — her childhood memories, literary digressions, descriptions of old discoveries and terrifying latest statistics. In the end, we get a moving tribute — or maybe a homage? — to the eponymous subject: fens, bogs, swamps, and other wetlands.
I think both fans of the writer’s style and those more interested in the subject itself will appreciate this slim volume.
Thanks to the publisher, Scribner, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.