by Jim Crace
The Pesthouse tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic society clinging to the last threads of humanity. A moving and thought-provoking journey through an America after WWIII. A man and his brother are trekking across America to reach the Atlantic so that they might make passage on a ship heading to the promise land of Europe. One gets injured so must stay behind, here's where the real story begins. He seeks refuge in a small abandoned building just outside of the nearest settlement and there he finds a woman, cast out of town to sweat out a dangerous illness. Franklin and Margaret learn to rely upon each other, facing obstacles they never could have imagined. A very surprising book.