First time I ever saw a trailer for a book.
James Howard Kunstler is a controversial character and a bit of a crank, but his writings on Suburbia and then his book on life after oil, the Long Emergency, have all impressed me. (you can read a short article with his views of the future of cities here) I had not read any of his fiction and approached World Made by Hand with some trepidation; one does not expect to have a good time in his vision of the future. I need not have worried.
The story revolves around the interactions of the various groups; the gang of motorheads, the arrival of a religious group fleeing Pennyslvania, and the townspeople.
Kunstler is a good writer; I only choked on one sentence:
"The long day's heat persisted well into the night and the little sleep I found was febrile with inchoate dreaming."
The story is plausible; our world runs on oil and when it is gone our world will change. People don't believe it, don't believe TreeHugger, don't believe they should even change a damn light bulb, but change is coming and it would not surprise me at all if it looked a lot like this. I preferred the future with flying cars, moonbases and tiny fast computers, but suspect that it is more likely that my grandchildren will be living in a World Made by Hand.
See also a long review and synopsis at ::Energy Bulletin
and Treehugger on Kunstler: