'Isole' no more
The book is set in the imaginary Vermont town of Isole. More on that at the end of this post. hint: it is pronounced ''EE so LAY''...
When a reporter asked why she wrote the book so intriguingly in the voice of a male narrator, Meg replied: "The simple truth is that I wrote from a male POV because I have a
lot in common with the main character (I am from Vermont, and I am veru much connected to the
woods, etc.) but novel isn't autobiographical, and I thought I would
have more freedom to borrow from my own experiences without the fear
of too many literal comparisons if the protagonist was male. And I
believe that there's a universality to these experiences. That was the
original impulse, anyhow. I found that it was lots of fun to try to
write from a male POV, from the dialogue to the sex!"
The name of the male narrator Ash, that is his full name, like the ash tree. His name is not Ashley.
When asked about the title of the novel and how it came about and is there a difference between WE ARE UNPREPARED or WE ARE NOT PREPARED, Meg told this blogger:"The title is my own. I began writing the story with this title [WE ARE UNPREPARED] in
mind. It's grammatically arguable, but I loved the idea of
"unprepared" as an official status. It seemed to me that "not
prepared" is a state defined by the absence of something. But, as a
culture, our unpreparedness (environmentally, logistically,
emotionally, existentially) is an active state that we've collectively
When aslked what it was like to write and complete her debut npovel, Meg replied: "I loved writing this book. It had been in me for a long time. It's
an expression of passion for the the natural world that shaped me. I
have a lot of work to do as a new novelist, but I feel confident that
my writing is best when it's at the intersection of politics and the
natural world. I read fiction that feels prescient and vital. I hope
to one day write such fiction. With the publication of this book, I
feel like I've been given the gift of time to try.''
Future novels in the pipeline? "My next novel -- which is pouring out of me now -- is a very different
story in a different place, but with a similarly suspenseful and
consequential threat at its core.''
COLLEGE AND GRAD SCHOOL: ''As an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, I majored in
Geography and had a double minor of English and Sociology. My masters
degree from the George Washington University is in Media & Public