This New and Poisonous Air

This New and Poisonous Air

by Adam McOmber
     
 

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Written in the New Wave Fabulist tradition, these historically-grounded stories blend the fantastic and the macabre in astonishing, unforgettable ways.See more details below

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Written in the New Wave Fabulist tradition, these historically-grounded stories blend the fantastic and the macabre in astonishing, unforgettable ways.

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Publishers Weekly
A sinuous, antiquated style proves marvelously effective in these dark and imaginative tales by author McOmber. The title story, set in medieval Europe during the plague, finds an otherworldly 10-year-old girl taking up with a mysterious traveler when her father goes in search of grave-digging work. It is slowly revealed that the traveler is using her as a prop so that he can move freely from town to town ("men with daughters in tow are a more sympathetic lot"). Inevitably he falls ill, leaving her with the prospect of abandonment once more, but by then it's clear that this resilient girl can survive on her own. Other tales are similarly enchanting, allusive, and intriguing. "There Are No Bodies Such as This" recreates the early career of Madame Tussaud as she learns the wax-making trade, fashions figures of the royal family at Versailles, and flees Paris during the Reign of Terror. In "Fall, Orpheum" a teenage girl slips through a door on the stage of a legendary movie theater and vanishes into a jumble of ageless stories. Writing with a sure hand and an impressive imagination, McOmber depicts that seamless scrim between the real and imagined. (June)
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"A sinuous, antiquated style proves marvelously effective in these dark and imaginative tales by author McOmber."
Publishers Weekly

"A journey through this collection feels like an afternoon peering over the dustiest shelves of a museum of curiosities. I felt studious, peculiar, and intrigued."
A CAPPELLA ZOO

"The ten stories in [McOmber's] debut collection This New & Poisonous Air are remarkable not only for their aesthetic (a thoroughly new combination of the dark and the weird) but also for the consistent quality of their writing, which allows McOmber to credibly transport his readers across both time and lines of belief."
Arts&Letters

“McOmber does an excellent job of creating multilayer characters, all somehow ill-at-ease in the situations in which they find themselves thrust…The stories themselves aren’t as dark or grim as I would have thought, given the comparisons to Poe, but beneath each runs a subtext that a darkness resides in us all.”—Historical Novel Society

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934414798
Publisher:
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Series:
American Readers Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
0 MB

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