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Barren Cove: A Novel Hardcover – April 26, 2016

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 ratings

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"Providing further evidence of the futility of genre labels, BARREN COVE is a thoughtful and affecting family drama that just happens to be about robots. Winter’s vision of a machine-ruled dystopia is a quiet country manor where a few mechanical people search for meaning in the mysteries of their programming. An unsettling portrait of humanity as seen through the eyes of its creations." (Isaac Marion, New York Times bestselling author of WARM BODIES and THE LIVING)

“BARREN COVE is a touching and funny and skillfully written novel and an original take on science fiction. I'm not a great fan of this genre, but I can see, with this one book, how Mr. Winter could make me one. The writing is clean and highly readable; the characters are believable, despite being robots; the dialog is ear-perfect, and the plot never sags or lets up for a minute. I had a great time reading it.” (Stephen Dixon, National Book Award nominated author of FROG and INTERSTATE)

“A meticulously imagined story that reads like
The Wasp Factory soldered into Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. The pages really skittered by. Genuinely literary science fiction.” (Natasha Pulley, author of the internationally bestselling THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET)

“Bold, innovative and thrilling.” (Stephen King

“Extraordinary…seductive, even sinister….like some glittering spiderweb that catches the eye of an admiring fly.” (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"An absolute astonishment." (Peter Straub

"Wildly, audaciously original." (James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces

"A delight." (Alice Sebold

"Marvelous." (The Washington Post

“A testament to style…[a] triumph.” (The Los Angeles Times

“If there was ever a born writer, Mr. Winter is one…sharp, smart, original, intensely interesting and ingenious.” (Stephen Dixon, author of and National Book Award finalist for FROG

“Audacious and astonishingly executed….immersive, exhilarating, and revelatory.” (Booklist (starred review)

"Brilliant." (Library Journal (starred review)

“Weaves a uniquely dreamy spell, and a lingering one. Lyrical, unexpected, and curiously affecting…a story that lodges uneasily in the heart and mind.” (
Kirkus Reviews)

“A quietly brilliant look at what it means to be human. This deserves to be a classic.” (
Booklist (starred review))

“From the first line to the last, I loved every page, my brain lighting up in strange and wonderful ways.” (
The Literate Quilter)

“Ariel S. Winter has created a masterful work in
Barren Cove. His writing style flows beautifully and ensnared me before I quite comprehended where he was taking me.” (Popcorn Reads)

“Winter’s plot-line is drenched in risk, but he’s able to pull it off via layered characters who speak in universal tones about the world which we share.” (
Electric Review)

About the Author

Ariel S. Winter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Shamus Award, and the Macavity Award for his novel The Twenty-Year Death. He is also the author of the children’s picture book One of a Kind, illustrated by David Hitch, and the blog We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie. He lives in Baltimore.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria/Emily Bestler Books (April 26, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1476797854
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1476797854
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 1 x 8.37 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 14 ratings

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Ariel S. Winter is the author of the novels The Twenty-Year Death (Hard Case Crime) and Barren Cove (Atria/Emily Bestler Books), the picture book One of a Kind (Aladdin) illustrated by David Hitch, and the blog We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie. His new novel, The Preserve, will be released in November 2020. He lives in Baltimore, MD.

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