C.A. Fletcher, "A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World" (Orbit, 2019)


C.A. Fletcher’s new novel, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (Orbit, 2019), takes place several generations after a pandemic has turned humans into an endangered species. For Griz, the adolescent narrator, life is bounded by his family, two dogs, and the Outer Hebrides island where they hunt, fish, and farm. When Brand, a lone sailor, shows up, Griz is mesmerized by his stories of adventure. But when Brand steals one of the family’s dogs, Griz gives chase. As Griz and their other dog journey through the ruins of our world, they explore the limits of loyalty while learning a lesson in human cruelty. “If you're not true to the things you love, what are you?” Fletcher says, quoting Griz. “That's when you stop being human.” In his interview, Fletcher discusses the research that informs the novel’s “soft apocalypse,” the difference between writing screenplays and novels, his father’s wise words about dogs, and the real-life terrier behind Griz’s canine companion.
Rob Wolf is the author of The Alternate Universe and The Escape. A former journalist, he directs communications at a non-profit dedicated to justice reform.

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