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The Glittering World: A Book Club Recommendation! Hardcover – February 10, 2015

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A simple road trip to the island of Cape Breton, Canada, turns into much more when Blue and his three friends travel there so he can sell his deceased grandmother's house. The area around Starling Cove is magical—the greens are greener, artists churn out more artwork, and the people are happier. Blue doesn't remember much about his childhood at the artists' colony, which burned down, but when he and his friends visit its charred remains, memories return in dreams and flashbacks. And then Blue and his friend Elisa disappear. The locals drop hints about The Other Kind, and Elisa's husband and Blue's friend must investigate to find the two missing friends. Magical realism and a dark fey world collide in this grown-up tale that readers of Holly Black's Tithe (S. & S., 2002) will enjoy. It's told in four sections, each from the point of view of one of the four main characters. Dark fairies live underground in Starling Cove, and their interactions with humans are more like horrific alien encounters than those with beautiful fairies in traditional tales. The main characters are adults who behave like confused adolescents—partying and running away from reality—and many teens will find them relatable. Give to readers who grew up on Julie Kagawa's "The Iron Fey" (Harlequin Teen) series and are looking for something more mature. VERDICT Recommended for fans of dark fairy tales.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL


"As imaginative and frightening as a whole gallery of surrealist paintings come luridly to life." Author: John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

"A luscious, compelling tangle of a thriller. 
The Glittering World maps the realms of friendship and identity, the mythic and the contemporary. I loved it." Author: Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners

"Fast paced, yet it also succeeds as a reflective tale of self-discovery...Well crafted, atmospheric, and whimsical, this will attract readers who enjoy Neil Gaiman and Mark Z. Danielewski." Source: Library Journal

"The Glittering World is a stunning phantasmagoria drawn from the world just beneath the surface, aswarm with great and memorable characters and a plot that twists and turns as it hurtles forward. A grand debut. One taste, and you'll be addicted." Author: Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child

"Levy's first novel is confident, brave, and beautiful in every way, with resonant warmth and an understanding of the fundamentally singular human experience." Source: Shelf Awareness

"Emotionally complex… Levy’s atmospherics are all encompassing, and fantastic. A darkly romantic, lovely, sometimes horrifying, and yes, glittering read." Source: My Bookish Ways

"Frightening and supernatural . . . the imaginative plot is first rate." Source: Suspense Magazine

"Robert Levy spins a dark and mythic tale. Exquisitely allegorical, this novel seethes with menace, romance, and mystery. The Glittering World is a powerful debut." Author: Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

"Robert Levy's transcendent first novel balances on the knife-edge between psychological horror and mainstream thriller — [it] deserves a place beside that of Peter Straub, Graham Joyce, and Mark. Z. Danielewski." Author: Elizabeth Hand, author of Generation Loss

True Blood crossed with Margaret Atwood. As seductive, fantastical, and menacing as any modern supernatural classic." Author: Scott Cheshire, author of High as the Horses’ Bridles

"The Glittering World is that rare and wonderful kind of book that takes something old and makes it new again. Like those who disappear into the woods in this novel, once you step into these lush and mysterious pages, be prepared to return to your own world altered." Author: Christopher Barzak, author of One for Sorrow

"The Glittering World is that rare thing: A literary novel that reads like a thriller. A fairy tale for the modern era." Author: Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery Books; 1st edition (February 10, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1476774528
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1476774527
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 1.2 x 8.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.6 out of 5 stars 128 ratings

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ROBERT LEVY is an author of unsettling stories and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his work has been called "frank and funny" (Time Magazine), "idiosyncratic and disarming" (The New York Times), "ambitious and clever" (Variety), "smart" (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) and "bloody brave" (the UK's SFX Magazine).

His first novel, the contemporary dark fairy tale THE GLITTERING WORLD (Gallery/Simon & Schuster) was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Shorter work has appeared in Black Static, Shadows & Tall Trees, and The Best Horror of the Year, among others.

Robert lives in his native Brooklyn near a toxic canal, where he is awaiting his mutant powers to develop any day now. He can also be found at

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