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A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

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In this seductive and chilling debut novel from the acclaimed author of The King of Limbo, girls, mostly Native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway in isolated British Columbia. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances — until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is atmospheric and evocative of place and a group of people, much in the way that Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones conjures the South, or Charles Bock's Beautiful Children provides a glimpse of the Las Vegas underworld: kids left to fend for themselves in a broken world — rendered with grit and poetry in equal measure.

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“In mesmerizing prose, debut novelist Harun spins a chilling tale shot through with both aching realism and age-old folktales, melding them together to capture a landscape lush with possibility and imagination and terrifying in its vast emptiness.” Booklist, starred review

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“Through a complex narrative structure, Harun manages to invest all of her action — slow as it sometimes is — with an aura of myth and folk legend that raises it above the lurid and sensational.” Kirkus Reviews

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“Harun's mastery clearly lies in establishing atmosphere and mood. Much as it does to the novels characters, the gothic ambiance wraps around the reader and won't let go. Laced with local color, this debut will please fans of the macabre.” Library Journal

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“Harun creates a masterfully bleak and spooky mood, and succinctly captures the desperation of the young people's lives…[a] promising debut.” Publishers Weekly

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“Mythical, magical, and chillingly real.” Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author of We Live in Water

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"I have long been a fan of Adrianne Harun's work, and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain has raised my admiration to new heights. Writing with astonishing vividness, Harun weaves her own myths and magic as she plots her amazing tale." Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

About the Author

Adrianne Harun teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, and is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The King of Limbo. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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Betty Gelean, April 3, 2014 (view all comments by Betty Gelean)
Adrianne Harun has nailed it!

I live along Highway 16. Adrianne Harun has taken this "Highway of Tears" and created an amazing fantasy based on the disappearances of mostly aboriginal girls, a case that defies solving to this day. Mixing reality, myth, the plight of small logging towns in northern British Columbia, and the boredom of mixed-race youth and hopelessness of the poor, she has run with this fascinating story. Her descriptive prose, the stories told by Leo's Uncle Lud, and a man who is unknown yet known, and a mysterious young girl--is she really the Snow Woman?--all combine to make this story compelling. The devil has many faces.

The characterizations and mindsets are spot on, too often found in these small one-store towns in the forests of British Columbia. Youngsters must work, alcoholism is rife, and in their free time make their own entertainment, whether good or bad. A group of friends stick together, surviving the odds. Adrianne has taken on these elements and many others to give us a mythical yet not unknown reality, mixed it up and turned out full-blown a novel we can feel. Sad though these stories are, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was mesmerized and found it hard to put the book down, not wanting to lose a single thread. Remember her name, I'm sure we will be hearing it in the future.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670786107
Author:
Harun, Adrianne
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20140225
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Penguin Books - English 9780670786107 Reviews:
"Review" by , “In mesmerizing prose, debut novelist Harun spins a chilling tale shot through with both aching realism and age-old folktales, melding them together to capture a landscape lush with possibility and imagination and terrifying in its vast emptiness.”
"Review" by , “Through a complex narrative structure, Harun manages to invest all of her action — slow as it sometimes is — with an aura of myth and folk legend that raises it above the lurid and sensational.”
"Review" by , “Harun's mastery clearly lies in establishing atmosphere and mood. Much as it does to the novels characters, the gothic ambiance wraps around the reader and won't let go. Laced with local color, this debut will please fans of the macabre.”
"Review" by , “Harun creates a masterfully bleak and spooky mood, and succinctly captures the desperation of the young people's lives…[a] promising debut.”
"Review" by , “Mythical, magical, and chillingly real.”
"Review" by , "I have long been a fan of Adrianne Harun's work, and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain has raised my admiration to new heights. Writing with astonishing vividness, Harun weaves her own myths and magic as she plots her amazing tale."
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