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Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Storiesby Elizabeth Hand
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Widely praised and widely read, Elizabeth Hand is regarded as one of America's leading literary fantasists. This new collection (an expansion of the limited-release Bibliomancy, which won the World Fantasy Award in 2005) showcases a wildly inventive author at the height of her powers. Included in this collection are "The Least Trumps," in which a lonely women reaches out to the world through symbols, tattooing, and the Tarot, and "Pavane for a Prince of the Air," where neo-pagan rituals bring a recently departed soul to something very different than eternal rest.
Written in the author's characteristic poetic prose and rich with the details of traumatic lives that are luminously transformed, Saffron and Brimstone is a worthy addition to an outstanding career.
"Her beautifully nuanced, often disquieting style should inspire poets as well as lay down the gauntlet to colleagues also reaching for expressive heights in contemporary fantasy." Booklist
"The stories are beautifully crafted but are not simply an exercise in style — they reveal deeper themes and connections, echoing one another in subtle ways that enhance the collection as a whole." Library Journal
About the Author
Hand's fiction has received the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, the Tiptree Award, and the Mythopaeic Award.
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