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The Yellow Wood
     

The Yellow Wood

by Melanie Tem
 

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For Alexandra Kove, the path of her life took her far from the claustrophobic forest where her father raised her. She believed that she had to escape, that her only road was away from the family and circumstances of her birth. Now, her road has turned back.

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For Alexandra Kove, the path of her life took her far from the claustrophobic forest where her father raised her. She believed that she had to escape, that her only road was away from the family and circumstances of her birth. Now, her road has turned back.

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Publishers Weekly
05/25/2015
Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Award winner Tem (1949–2015) enters some disturbing psychological territory with this contemporary story of five siblings struggling to cope with the talents imposed on them by their father. Alexandra Kove was always expected to be more than any of her siblings but, fed up with her father's interference in her life, left their family home in the yellow woods. Returning after 30 years, she attempts to separate who she is from the person her father tried to create. She starts to suspect her father's influence over her family might go further than a lifelong contest of wills as she uncovers evidence of his unconventional parenting methods. Tem balances her insightful depictions of people made deeply neurotic by an overbearing parent with the creeping presence of the uncanny, suggesting there is more to the Kove family's obsessions than childhood trauma. The book beautifully exploits the fine line between merely weird and genuinely unnatural. Alexandra is "Daddy's little girl, wizard's familiar," and Tem invites readers to consider the nature of a father's power over his children when those two relationships can be conflated. The result is smart, creepy, and painfully insightful about the purpose and effects of parenting. Agent: Robert Fleck, Fleck Agency. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781771483148
Publisher:
ChiZine Publications
Publication date:
01/20/2015
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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