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The Town That Forgot How to Breathe

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ISBN13: 9780312342227
ISBN10: 0312342225
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Staff Pick

A spectral novel that draws you in, and suffocates you with its incantation. Though a bit dishevelled in its conclusion, this book was one of the most memorable of 2005. I've handed several copies to my favorite customers.
Recommended by Donna, Powells.com

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Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed. Mythical creatures that formally existed only in mariner’s dreams, are being pulled from the sea. Perfectly preserved corpses of villagers long ago lost at sea are being washed upon the shore. And residents of the town are suddenly suffering from a mysterious illness that is making them forget how to breathe.

Recent divorcé Joseph Blackwood has returned to his hometown in hopes of reconnecting with his estranged daughter. But when the young girl begins having visions and conversing with the spirit of a neighbor’s deceased child, he knows that his daughter is suffering from some supernatural affliction. Now, with the help of some colorful village residents, Joseph must unravel this paranormal mystery to save his only daughter.

Called the literary love child of Stephen King and Annie Proulx, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a page-turning gothic tale and a profound exploration of what it really means to live in the modern world.

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"An eerie and gripping story, the work of an extravagantly haunted imagination." J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize winner and author of the Booker Prize winning Disgrace

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"A novel of dazzling ambition and strange, haunting loveliness. Grippingly entertaining and bursting with life, it is an absolute triumph of the storyteller's art." Joseph O'Connor, Whitbread finalist and bestselling author of Star of the Sea

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"[A] tour de force! Harvey...is as knowledgeable as he is adventurous. A very exceptional novel, extraordinary in its power." Alistair MacLeod, author of No Great Mischief

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"As if plotted by Hitchcock and graced by Márquez, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a beautiful nightmare." Bill Gaston, author of Giller Prize-nominated Mount Appetite

Review:

"The quality of his storytelling and his way with an eerie instant are too good to miss." The Times (London)

Synopsis:

Described by some reviewers as a mix between Stephen King and Annie Proulx, Harvey's compulsively readable novel is a profound allegorical tale of the effects of globalization on culture and personal histories.

Synopsis:

Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed. Mythical creatures are being pulled from the sea, perfectly preserved corpses of long-lost villagers are washing up on the shore, and residents of the town are suddenly overcome by a mysterious illness that is making them forget how to breathe.

 

A page-turning gothic thriller reminiscent of H. P. Lovecraft, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is "a novel of dazzling ambition and strange, haunting loveliness. . . . An absolute triumph of the storyteller's art" (Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea).

About the Author

Kenneth J. Harvey makes his American debut with The Town That Forgot How to Breathe. In Canada, his books have won the Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He lives in Newfoundland.

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Krista Smith-Moroziuk, May 20, 2008 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
A gripping gothic tale. This book will keep you reading long into the night. Very imaginative and eerie.
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Tracy Bock, April 3, 2008 (view all comments by Tracy Bock)
At times it was absolutely amazing and exciting, then it would become a little boring. I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes an eerie read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312342227
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Picador
Author:
Harvey, Kenneth J.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Diseases
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Horror - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060822
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.56 in

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Product details 480 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312342227 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A spectral novel that draws you in, and suffocates you with its incantation. Though a bit dishevelled in its conclusion, this book was one of the most memorable of 2005. I've handed several copies to my favorite customers.

"Review" by , "An eerie and gripping story, the work of an extravagantly haunted imagination."
"Review" by , "A novel of dazzling ambition and strange, haunting loveliness. Grippingly entertaining and bursting with life, it is an absolute triumph of the storyteller's art."
"Review" by , "[A] tour de force! Harvey...is as knowledgeable as he is adventurous. A very exceptional novel, extraordinary in its power."
"Review" by , "As if plotted by Hitchcock and graced by Márquez, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a beautiful nightmare."
"Review" by , "The quality of his storytelling and his way with an eerie instant are too good to miss."
"Synopsis" by , Described by some reviewers as a mix between Stephen King and Annie Proulx, Harvey's compulsively readable novel is a profound allegorical tale of the effects of globalization on culture and personal histories.
"Synopsis" by ,
Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed. Mythical creatures are being pulled from the sea, perfectly preserved corpses of long-lost villagers are washing up on the shore, and residents of the town are suddenly overcome by a mysterious illness that is making them forget how to breathe.

 

A page-turning gothic thriller reminiscent of H. P. Lovecraft, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is "a novel of dazzling ambition and strange, haunting loveliness. . . . An absolute triumph of the storyteller's art" (Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea).

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