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A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain Paperback – February 25, 2014
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--The New York Times Book Review
“An ingenious tale of myth, magic and murder….told in rich prose….[An] auspicious debut.”
“Hypnotic...tantalizing...lush and evocative...Literary and genre lovers alike can find a striking new voice to celebrate in A Man Came Out of A Door in the Mountain.”--Kansas City Star
“A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is literary magic of the highest order….It reads with the level care of a finely crafted story…but also with the fresh familiarity of a folksong….A spectacular read.”
--The Vancouver Sun
“Haunting [and] hypnotic.”--Seattle Magazine
“A dense and mythic coming-of-age allegory, equal parts fanciful and horrifying…Each of Harun’s people is fleshed out with maximum sureness and poetry.”--Missoula Independent
“In mesmerizing prose, debut novelist Harun spins a chilling tale shot through with both aching realism and age-old folktales, melding them together to capture a landscape lush with possibility and imagination and terrifying in its vast emptiness.”
--Booklist, starred review
“Intertwining with real-world pain and loss, this debut novel gains an extra sense of risk and realism, pitting ordinary, human evil against supernatural wickedness.”
--The Globe and Mail
“Much as it does to the novel’s characters, the gothic ambiance wraps around the reader and won’t let go.”
“Harun creates a masterfully bleak and spooky mood, and succinctly captures the desperation of the young people’s lives…[a] promising debut.”
“Through a complex narrative structure, Harun [invests] all of her action…with an aura of myth and folk legend.”
"A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is a rich, haunting, original novel that captures evil in many forms--mythic, magic and chillingly real. Adrianne Harun's writing can hold you breathless."
--Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
“I have long been a fan of Adrianne Harun's work, and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain has raised my admiration to new heights. Writing with astonishing vividness, Harun weaves her own myths and magic as she plots her amazing tale.”
--Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“Adrianne Harun's dark, mysterious novel is by turns Gothic and grittily realistic, astute and poetic in its evocation of evil everywhere.”
--Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever
Top Customer Reviews
The novel takes place in British Columbia, in a mining town pretty much run by Gerald Flacker, a man that keeps his meth addicted girlfriend submissive and her two small children feral and scrambling for handouts. It also helps that he has a family member on the police force and almost a whole family at his disposal in the form of the Nagles. As girls continue to disappear along the highway, Flacker maintains a hold on one of Leo’s friends, Bryan, but Bryan is starting to form a plan to rid the town of its resident menace.Read more ›
The characterizations and mindsets are spot on, too often found in these small one-store towns in the forests of British Columbia. Youngsters must work, alcoholism is rife, and in their free time they make their own entertainment, whether good or bad. A group of friends stick together, surviving the odds. Adrianne has taken on these elements and many others to give us a mythical yet not unknown reality, mixed it up and turned out full-blown a novel we can feel. Sad though these stories are, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was mesmerized and found it hard to put the book down, not wanting to lose a single thread. Remember her name, I'm sure we will be hearing it in the future.
Review based on Advance Reading Copy (ARC) I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
From page 1, it was not at all what I expected, but I couldn't put it down. This book is one of the most beautifully written pieces of literature I have read in a long time.
The author, Adrianne Harun, possess a unique talent in describing the unseen world in very much the way that we experience it. Not absolute. Not finite. And without specific boundaries. Easy enough to be ignored or unacknowledged, but very real nevertheless.
Her choice of words, her phrasing, and her imagery had me captivated and sometimes haunted. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.
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