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How Far the Light Reaches

A Life in Ten Sea Creatures

Sabrina Imbler
A fascinating tour of creatures from the surface to the deepest ocean floor, inviting us to envision wilder, grander, and more abundant possibilities for the way we live. "A miraculous, transcendental book." (Ed Yong, author of An Immense World)

 

A queer, mixed race writer working in a largely white, male field, science and conservation journalist Sabrina Imbler has always been drawn to the mystery of life in the sea, and particularly to creatures living in hostile or remote environments. Each essay in their debut collection profiles one such creature, including:

- the mother octopus who starves herself while watching over her eggs,

- the Chinese sturgeon whose migration route has been decimated by pollution and dams,

- the bizarre, predatory Bobbitt worm (named after Lorena),

- the common goldfish that flourishes in the wild and more

 

Imbler discovers that some of the most radical models of family, community, and care can be found in the sea, from gelatinous chains that are both individual organisms and colonies of clones to deep-sea crabs that have no need for the sun, nourished instead by the chemicals and heat throbbing from the core of the Earth. Exploring themes of adaptation, survival, sexuality, and care, and weaving the wonders of marine biology with stories of their own family, relationships, and coming of age, How Far the Light Reaches is a shimmering, otherworldly debut that attunes us to new visions of our world and its miracles.

 

Sabrina Imbler is a writer and science journalist living in Brooklyn. Their first chapbook, Dyke (geology) was published by Black Lawrence Press. They have received fellowships and scholarships from the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Tin House, the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat, Millay Arts, and Paragraph NY, and their work has been supported by the Café Royal Cultural Foundation. Their essays and reporting have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, the AtlanticCatapult, and Sierra, among others.

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Little, Brown and Company (December 6, 2022)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎272 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎0316540536
  • ISBN-13: ‎9780316540537
  • Item Weight: ‎13 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎5.8 x 1.05 x 8.55 inches