From Penguin Books, WARMTH published on August 3, 2021. Order your copy here.
WARMTH is a new kind of book about climate change: not what it is or how we solve it, but how it feels to imagine a future–and a family–under its weight. In a fiercely personal account written from inside the climate movement, Sherrell lays bare how the crisis is transforming our relationships to time, to hope, and to each other. At once a memoir, a love letter, and an electric work of criticism, WARMTH goes to the heart of the defining question of our time: how do we go on in a world that may not?
Read an excerpt of WARMTH in LitHub: Letter to an Unborn Child: How Could I Bring You Into a Collapsing World?
Listen to Daniel in PRI’s The World: The ’emotional whiplash’ of coming of age during the climate crisis
Buzz for WARMTH:
“Sherrell brilliantly balances despair and hope in his searing debut . . . This indelible, necessary work makes a global issue deeply personal. (Publishers Weekly)
“Sherrell awakens a new urgency for reform. Our choices today have an impact on the environment in years to come, we know. But in Warmth, Sherrell makes concrete what is generally too abstract or distant for us to really feel.” (The Washington Post)
“[An] eerie and gorgeous book . . . [Warmth] will validate the fears, grief, and nostalgia that readers of any generation feel about the future of our planet. There is much collective comfort to be found while naming the specifics of such an overwhelming topic, and Sherrell offers that comfort generously on every page.” (Booklist)
“Sherrell could have responded with a pure screed. Instead he’s come up with something more potent: an existential yawp, freighted with the ballast of knowledge and intent. Reading Warmth means accepting the challenge of caring, and perhaps even doing something about it.” (The Boston Globe)
“[Sherrell] writes with clarity and emotion . . . This is the type of coming-of-age book one must read in order to understand what it means to live with clear-eyed awareness of the climate disaster while also continuing to move forward . . . Brave, honest, and bold, Sherrell’s book is neither blithely optimistic nor fatalistic and instead shows how readers can respond to climate change with circumspection. It should be read alongside the work of climate activists like Greta Thunberg and Jamie Margolin.” (Library Journal)
“Beautifully rendered and bracingly honest, this book helped me do the impossible: live in the space between grief and hope.” (Jenny Odell, NYTimes bestselling author of Weather and Dept of Speculation)
“In this insider account of the struggle for the earth against the forces of corporate greed that threaten it, Daniel Sherrell has written a tender letter to the uncertain future—at once intimate and angry, exasperated and brave.” (Anne Boyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Undying)
“Sherrell’s strikingly perceptive book is neither a prescription for hope or for despair, but a call for a clear-eyed examination of one of the most pressing questions of our time—what do we owe the next generation?” (Jenny Offill, New York Times bestselling author of Weather and Dept. of Speculation)
“An urgent cri de coeur from a passionate and clear-eyed new talent.” (Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Ministry for the Future)
Catch Daniel Sherrell Live:
In-person event with Damon Barnes of the Sunrise Movement hosted by Lost City Books in Washington D.C. on August 11, 2021.
Virtual book launch with Bill McKibben hosted by Point Reyes Books on August 12th, 2021.
In-person event with Amitav Ghosh at Bluestockings in NYC on October 21, 2021.
About the Author:
Daniel Sherrell is an organizer born in 1990. He helped lead the campaign to pass landmark climate justice legislation in New York and is the recipient of a Fulbright grant in creative nonfiction. Warmth is his first book. Find out more about Daniel’s work at www.danielsherrell.com.