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The Village Sang To The Sea: A Memoir of Magic Paperback – February 11, 2013
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About the Author
Bruce McAllister is best known for his science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction. Over the decades his short stories have appeared in the fantasy and science fiction field’s major magazines, themed anthologies, “year's best” anthologies (like Best American Short Stories 2007, edited by Stephen King), college textbooks and literary quarterlies; won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and Glimmer Train; and been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula and New Letters awards. He is the author of two earlier novels, Humanity Prime and the 80’s genre classic Dream Baby, and a career-spanning short story collection, The Girl Who Loved Animals and Other Stories. He has served on juries for the Nebula, James Tiptree and Philip K. Dick awards and for a number of years was associate editor of the Harry Harrison/Brian Aldiss BEST SF anthology series. Three of his short stories are currently under option for films. He lives in southern California with his wife, choreographer Amelie Hunter, and is a full time writer, writing coach and book and screenplay consultant.
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August company to be sure, but I think the comparison warranted. The Village Sang to the Sea is the story of a young American boy who finds himself in a Northern Italian fishing village, a place near where Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned and his sister Mary is said to have had the dream that became Frankenstein. Along the way, the boy encounters witches who may not be witches, lizards that may be more than lizards, and the very real growing pains of young love. There are so many things to admire about the book I wouldn't know where to start: the form, the language, the characters--all impeccable. This is a magic book about the everyday magic of the world; it is literature of the highest order, and one hell of great/fun read. An amazing achievement.
A true stylist, McAllister delivers a beautiful coming of age story that leaves us (rightfully) wanting more. Set in Italy, Brad Lattimer discovers real magic and what it means, how it impacts and balances his life and the lives of those he loves. Like any great story, our young hero struggles against forces of the universe only he can combat; outwardly and within himself. His outward conflicts, however, aren't typical by any means. I believed. I rooted for him. In the end, I bought a lizard.
McAllister's imagination combined with his storytelling mastery make "Village.." truly magical. I'd recommend it highly and am quite sure I'll find myself lost in the pages of this tale again and again. It's one I'm excited to share with my daughter when the time comes.
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A beautiful, elegiac collection of interrelated stories with a very surprising...Read more