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Palimpsest
Catherynne M. Valente
Adult Fiction VALENTE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Four strangers are bound together in adventure, love and occasional sorrow in this parable from Tiptree winner Valente (The Orphan's Tales). The city of Palimpsest exists somewhere outside our reality, accessible only during the sleep that follows sex. The "immigrants" to Palimpsest, marked forever by the tattoo-like impression of a map on their skin, seek out one another for real-world sexual adventures that function as passports to new otherworldly quarters. In outstandingly beautiful prose, Valente describes grotesque, glamorous creatures sometimes neither human nor animal, alive nor dead, and mortal travelers who pursue poignant personal quests to replace the things (and people) they've lost. Valente's fondness for digression at times makes for a difficult read, and her fable of quest and loneliness is less an engrossing fairy tale and more a meticulous travelogue of a stranger's dream. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Four travelers, each suffering the loss of a person or a dream, find their way to the miraculous city of Palimpsest, a place attainable only by those with the eyes to see it. Their journeys are intensely personal yet tied to together. The author of "The Orphan's Tales" (e.g., In the Night Garden) continues her lyrical allegories, which give readers a feast of carefully chosen words and unforgettable images. Fans of literary fantasy should enjoy this foray into the sensual imagination. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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