The Here and Now
If you are a lover of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – and honestly, why wouldn’t you be? – then you are likely a follower of its creator Ann Brashares. Her latest YA novel, The Here and Now, follows Prenna, a girl who came back from 2095 due to complete climate disaster along with hundreds of other time immigrants. They live amongst the regular folk, hiding from the fact that an enormous plague will soon be distributed by mosquitos. She marvels at the ease with which she can plant a flower and watch it grow, and can swim in the ocean on a hot day.
What she cannot do is develop friendships with the people who did not emigrate from the future, and certainly not fall in love. So her deep, lovely, sweet relationship with Ethan is completely forbidden. The two of them run away from Prenna’s strict community and begin the process of unraveling the plague from its end to its origin.
Ann Brashares’ gorgeous NYC carriage house was featured in the New York Times in 2007. I still gaze upon this article from time to time, wishing I could write an innocent novel about friendship and blue jeans, so that I could live in this beautiful home.
Pictured: Coffee and a slice of olive oil spice cake from Little Collins (one of the very few places in Midtown East that I approve of and endorse!)