The privileged daughter of famous television actors, Charlotte, "Lit," Moylan is ready to enjoy one last wild fling before college and adulthood. In fact, the whole idyllic hamlet of Kamensic, New York, is ready to party, for legendary avant-garde film director--and Lit's godfather--Alex Kern is coming back to reopen his fabulous mansion, Bolerium. But it won't be just any party. It'll be the event of all time.
The whole town is invited, young and old, famous and obscure. But other, more disturbing guests are arriving, too--seen at the edges of the forest, at the margins of the night. Kern's connections extend far beyond Hollywood, beyond even the modern age . . . and in Bolerium's echoing halls a fearsome confrontation is gathering, between ancient powers of the darkness and those sworn to stop them at any cost, no matter what--or who--the sacrifice...even an innocent girl.
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Although Charlotte Moylan thinks she lives a rather ordinary and oftentimes dull life, the reality is far different. Her father is best known as the famous TV personality Uncle Cosmo, and her mother is a 20-year veteran of the daytime drama Perilous Lives. They live in the New York community of Kamensic, an artistic enclave where the church is rarely used for religious ceremonies and where death is an "occupational hazard" for the young. The town is also home to Bolerium, a dark manor of indeterminate origin where the enigmatic and somewhat sinister film director Axel Kern lives when he's not making movies.
Axel is Charlotte's godfather, but he's one guardian who may not be looking out for her best interests. Aside from making questionable films, Axel is also in cahoots with the old gods, and is interested in bringing a couple of them along with him to Kamensic. This puts the town--and Charlotte--at the center of an age-old struggle between two Illuminati-style groups, the more-or-less benign Benandanti (seen in Hand's Tiptree Award-winning Waking the Moon) and their rivals, the Malandanti witches. As has become Hand's modus operandi, she tells this story with a luxurious prose that's at once beautiful and also somehow intellectually decadent. Although the book may be a bit slow-paced for some, those who enjoy a smart novel that's rich in style and substance won't want to miss it. --Craig E. EnglerAbout the Author:
Elizabeth Hand is the author of Aestival Tide, Winterlong, and most recently, the World Fantasy Award-nominee, Waking the Moon . She lives in Maine, where she swears it is getting warmer.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061057320
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110061057320
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