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At the Edge of Waking
     

At the Edge of Waking

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by Holly Phillips
 

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  • With In the Palace of Repose, her debut collection of mostly unpublished work, Holly Phillips accomplished the improbable. The unknown
    Canadian author received critical acclaim and numerous honors including the 2006
    Sunburst Award and nominations for the World Fantasy and Crawford Awards. Her accomplished prose sang with a unique voice,

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  • With In the Palace of Repose, her debut collection of mostly unpublished work, Holly Phillips accomplished the improbable. The unknown
    Canadian author received critical acclaim and numerous honors including the 2006
    Sunburst Award and nominations for the World Fantasy and Crawford Awards. Her accomplished prose sang with a unique voice, seamlessly blending emotion,
    insight, and craft. Now, At the Edge of Waking presents her latest tales written with even more depth and range-including a new, never-published story.
    Portraying human reaction to dire change or extreme circumstance, combining the real intruded upon by the fantastic or the fantastic grounded in reality,
    Phillips describes the world as it is, as it may be, as something impossible yet entirely acceptable, enthralling the reader with her words.

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Publishers Weekly
“She knows what to do with shadows,” Peter S. Beagle writes with perfect accuracy in his introduction to this moody, haunting collection from fantasist Phillips (The Burning Girl). “Gin” and “Country Mothers’ Sons” depict families with dangerous secrets: alcoholism and lycanthropy. The dehumanizing realities of war and its consequences form the foundations of “Brother of the Moon” and “Virgin of the Sands.” In “The Rescue,” a young woman is imprisoned in a mental hospital as a hostage to ensure her rebellious family’s cooperation. A mild-mannered historian is saddled with the role of protecting the world’s magic in “Proving the Rule.” The most haunting stories reveal the alien and strange beneath the normal: life forms under the Antarctic ice in “Cold Water Survival,” the troubled writer of “Queen of the Butterfly Kingdom” whose muse offers another reality beyond the unkind real world, and the murky, potentially dangerous line between imagination and illusion in “Castle Rock.” Phillips’s crisp, dense writing draws readers into intimate, seductive worlds of shadow and emotion. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607013563
Publisher:
Prime Books
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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At the Edge of Waking 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
PhilRM More than 1 year ago
The only thing I had read by Holly Phillips prior to this book was her intensely atmospheric and creepy "Cold Water Survival", a modern-day Lovecraft-tinged horror story which is included here. That was enough to make me pick up this book, which is her second collection of short fiction. The rest of the stories (one of which is new to the collection) measure up to that remarkably high standard. Phillips writes absolutely gorgeous prose which is never an end in itself; the stories are densely imagined, sometimes ambiguous, always haunting. By coincidence I read this collection more or less simultaneously with Stephen Millhauser's new collection of short stories, "We Others". Millhauser is an ambitious and talented writer and "We Others" is excellent (especially for "The Wizard of West Orange", which appeared previously in "Dangerous Laughter"), but Holly Phillips is better. I can't believe she isn't more widely known and I plan on reading everything else she's written. Just buy this book and see for yourself.