Susan Dworkin

Author, Playwright, Lecturer, Social Historian

Enjoy an audio excerpt from my new eco-thriller THE COMMONS


Fresh from the success of her New York Times Best Seller, THE NAZI OFFICER'S WIFE, Susan Dworkin has penned a thrilling new novel — THE COMMONS — about a future society facing a catastrophic threat to the food supply.

It is the year 2165. Climate change has impoverished the world. One giant corporation governs North America. When a fierce wheat plague threatens everyone with starvation, an alliance of plant scientists, robot spies, and fed-up farmers organize to fight it. And at their center is a young pop singer named Lizzie who quite unexpectedly becomes the voice of an agrarian revolution.



Select praise for THE COMMONS


“A great futuristic coming of age novel. A must-read!"

RICHARD ZEYEN | Prof. Emer., Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota


“If you enjoy sci-fi and agriculture too, and you think the current dominant system just might be sitting on the precipice of a dangerous fate, this book is for you. The writing is quick, playful, vibrant — chock full of surprising descriptive embellishments guaranteed to keep the reader entertained. "

KAY MACDONALD | Big Picture Agriculture


"a rollicking good read, full of interesting characters and strange plot twists..."

JEREMY CHERFAS | Eat This Podcast


"With wit and a breezy style, Dworkin brings us feisty, strong characters striving to be individuals in a tightly controlled society."

BARBARA GREENBAUM | Berkshire Edge


"I loved this book! Every time I chuckled, which was often, I had to remind myself that Dworkin's agricultural dystopia is where we really seem to be heading. The science writing is astonishing -- brilliantly done!"

DR. ROY C. GOULD | Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


"an intelligent and deeply pertinent ecological thriller...a bouncing, exciting adventure that is a pleasure to read as well as an intellectual treat"
KATE ONYETT | The Future Fire


"A paean to the power of song as a subversive, vital agent for change…What an amazing feat, to write a novel that brings music, science, environment and politics onto every page!"

MEL MARVIN | Composer, The Grinch


See Susan Dworkin in the Emmy-award winning documentary, SAVING WHEAT: RUSTS NEVER SLEEP from Twin Cities Public Television and the University of Minnesota Plant Pathology Department.