The latest example of the genre, Far North by Marcel Theroux, is reviewed in today's WaPo:
Marcel Theroux's homespun tale about a solitary frontier survivor conjures up a monolithic world that's ominous and deeply memorable. He depicts a bleak Earth transformed, perhaps a century or two from now, by global warming and a society reduced to a mostly empty, radioactive husk; the remnant peoples are violent, ignorant and few and far between. Against the gray backdrop of abandoned towns, poisoned cities and occasional wildlife, a tough, hardy frontierswoman named Makepeace struggles to eke out a living on the strange and swiftly changing land.The book is being published Tuesday (June 9) in the U.S. after having been released in the U.K. in March; it was reviewed by the Telegraph and the Independent at that time. The book was also reviewed recently by Strange Horizons.
In March, the author was the host of a documentary about Japan on BBC, "In Search of Wabi Sabi":