Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Elizabeth Hand:
"Fiercely frightening yet hauntingly beautiful."—Tess Gerritsen, author of The Silent Girl
"A sinful pleasure."—Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
No one is innocent, no one unexamined in award-winner Elizabeth Hand's new collection. From the summer isles to the mysterious people next door all the way to the odd guy one cubicle over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life to show us the impossibilities, broken dreams, and improbable dreams that surely can never come true.
Elizabeth Hand's novels include Shirley Jackson Award-winner Generation Loss, Mortal Love, and Available Dark.
"Ten evocative novellas and stories whisper of hidden mysteries carved on the bruised consciousness of victims and victimizers. Memories and love are as dangerous as the supernatural, and Hand often denies readers neat conclusions, preferring disturbing ambiguity. The Hugo-nominated 'The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon' marries science fiction and magical realism as three men recreate a legendary aircraft's doomed flight for a dying woman. A grieving widow in 'Near Zennor' unearths a secret of spectral kidnapping in an ancient countryside. 'Hungerford Bridge,' a lesser piece, shares a secret that can only be enjoyed twice in one's life. Celtic myth and human frailty entangle in the darkly romantic 'The Far Shore.' The vicious nature of romantic love is dissected with expressionistic abandon in the dreamlike 'Summerteeth.' Hand's outsiders haunt themselves, the forces of darkness answering to the calls of their battered souls. Yet strange hope clings to these surreal elegies, insisting on the power of human emotion even in the shadow of despair. Elegant nightmares, sensuously told. Agent: Martha Millard, Martha Millard Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Hand's award winning stories begin in the shimmery, dusty corners of upstate New York and move into even stranger settings.
About the Author
Elizabeth Hand, a New York Times notable author, has written eight novels and several short-story collections. Her novel Generation Loss received the Shirley Jackson Award. She has also received the James Tiptree Award, the Nebula Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award (four times), and many others. Her novella, The Maiden Flight of McCauleys Bellerophon,” was recently nominated for a Hugo Award. Hand is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.