An Elegy for Our Battered Coastlines


I review Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore for Undark. From the review:

The demise of coastal wetland trees like tupelos and mangroves is an early sign of sea level rise, and the skeletons of dead trees appear in scene after scene. The rampike is Rush’s metaphor for loss, and she uses it to string together elegiac accounts of places and communities being drowned or washed away.

But wherever Rush finds loss, she also finds examples of resilience. [Read more.]