The best thing to say is that I now seriously want to read this book. The easy and very natural description of post apocalypse as simply a continuation of reality rather than ‘post’ anything struck me as the correct form for where we are now in relation to the post colonial world.
This triggered a very direct reaction to marking of fiction and reality to make it speculative or magical. That worked for situations dealing with optional change or possible evolution but hasn’t really dealt with the combination of profound paradigmatic change and the rise of communication from the ‘other’ cultures’ perspective. The voices of the emigrated can bring us the reality that we, as a colonial era nation state, have forcibly denied throughout our history.
‘Those chickens have come home to roost’ works in so many ways it is a challenge to comprehend. This is particularly true as America falls to pieces with some pieces already a post apocalyptic tragedy. Coming to terms with the planetary obligations to the southern cultures and the voices of hyphenated Americans is required to move from the hubris that created and maintained that tragedy.