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Publisher Comments:

Yellowcake brings together ten short stories from the extraordinarily talented Margo Lanagan--each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking.

The stories range from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, and yet what pervades is the sense of humanity.  The people of Lanagan's worlds face trials, temptations, and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love. In a dangerous world, they seek the solace and strength that comes from family and belonging. 

These are stories to be savored slowly and pondered deeply because they cut to the very heart of who we are.

“Haunting, gorgeous, and sometimes painful, Lanagan’s stories are unlike anything else in fantasy literature.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Lanagan unravels familiar myths and fairy tales, weaving them into unique, sharply resonant forms in this characteristically stunning collection." --Kirkus, starred review

Review:

"Lanagan follows White Time, Black Juice, and Red Spikes with a fourth short story collection, featuring 10 singular tales, nearly all of which were previously published in the U.S. and abroad. She opens with the visceral 'The Point of Roses,' in which a boy's psychic ability to guess what something is — a rose, an ashtray, a toy — has astonishing consequences: 'A sweet-scented shock hit Billy, a velvety punch. Down the slope he tumbled, alone in a storm of blooms.' In 'An Honest Day's Work,' a disabled boy gets a chance to be useful when the local equivalent of shipbreakers bring an aircraft carrier — sized alien down out of the 'ether' to be stripped for food and spare parts. 'Night of the Firstlings' is an eccentric and at times terrifying retelling of the plagues of Egypt, while the collection's new story, 'Into the Clouds on High,' recalls the author's recent The Brides of Rollrock Island, with a woman caught between the pull of her family and that of her supernatural nature. Haunt-ing, gorgeous, and sometimes painful, Lanagan's stories are unlike anything else in fantasy literature. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Jill Grinberg Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

MARGO LANAGAN is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. She is a two-time Printz Honor winner and a three-time World Fantasy Award winner. Ms. Lanagan lives in Sydney, Australia, and can be found online at amongamidwhile.blogspot.com and on Twitter as @margolanagan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375869204
Author:
Lanagan, Margo
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
short stories;fantasy;fiction
Publication Date:
20130514
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.87 x 0.87 in 0.77 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lanagan follows White Time, Black Juice, and Red Spikes with a fourth short story collection, featuring 10 singular tales, nearly all of which were previously published in the U.S. and abroad. She opens with the visceral 'The Point of Roses,' in which a boy's psychic ability to guess what something is — a rose, an ashtray, a toy — has astonishing consequences: 'A sweet-scented shock hit Billy, a velvety punch. Down the slope he tumbled, alone in a storm of blooms.' In 'An Honest Day's Work,' a disabled boy gets a chance to be useful when the local equivalent of shipbreakers bring an aircraft carrier — sized alien down out of the 'ether' to be stripped for food and spare parts. 'Night of the Firstlings' is an eccentric and at times terrifying retelling of the plagues of Egypt, while the collection's new story, 'Into the Clouds on High,' recalls the author's recent The Brides of Rollrock Island, with a woman caught between the pull of her family and that of her supernatural nature. Haunt-ing, gorgeous, and sometimes painful, Lanagan's stories are unlike anything else in fantasy literature. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Jill Grinberg Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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