In the Valley of the Kings

In the Valley of the Kings

by Terrence Holt


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"One of the finest American writers alive . . . he is Melville + Poe + Borges but with a heart far more capacious."—Junot Díaz

Praised for his "beautifully crafted and strangely surreal" (Peter Matthiessen) stories, Terrence Holt had been operating under the literary radar for more than fifteen years, placing award-winning stories in such noted journals as Zoetrope, Kenyon Review, and TriQuarterly. With the release of this debut collection, Holt's work takes its "rightful place besides those works of genius—fiction, philosophy, theology—unafraid of axing into our iced hearts" (William Giraldi, New York Times Book Review). Whether chronicling a plague that ravages a New England town or the anguish of a son who keeps his father's beating heart in a jar, Holt's stories oscillate between the rational and the surreal, the future and the past, masterfully weaving together reality and myth. Like Poe or Hawthorne, "Holt is a gifted wordsmith, his sentences carefully shaped and often beautiful, and he spins these ancient, irresolvable dilemmas in an elegiac poetry" (Los Angeles Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393339086
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/06/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 223
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Terrence Holt is a writer and an internist specializing in geriatric medicine, teaching and practicing at the
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

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