My review of Johanna Drucker’s eco-fiction novel Downdrift is now available at the Tulsa Book Review.
If you are expecting a somber treatise on biological imperative or something wrapping itself in the surreal for explicitly comic effect, then you will be both satisfied and disappointed by Joanna Drucker’s novel Downdrift. Readers are given nothing less than a musing about the natural world where humanity has impact but is intentionally absent. Drucker’s narrative voice is that of Archaeon, a single-cell mircroorganism nearly 4 billion years old, a single, collective voice due to the fact it makes up an entire domain of life as we know it, telling a peculiar story that exists everywhere at once. It is a bold narrative decision and stunningly effective.