Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
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“Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance” has the feel of a fairy tale. It explores the magic of its world in an easy and natural way. Lang isn’t concerned with explaining the extraordinary – it’s enough to acknowledge and celebrate it. That attitude, more than anything else, is what makes this such a lovely book.
-The Maine Edge

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"Told with brains and heart" —Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment

"Bristles with charm and curiosity" —Winston Groom, New York Times bestselling author of Forrest Gump

"A wholly original and superbly crafted work of art, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a masterpiece of the imagination." —Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Life List and Sweet Forgiveness

"Charlotte's Web for grown-ups who, like Weylyn Grey, have their own stories of being different, feared, brave, and loved." —Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave

Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us how to find magic in the ordinary in her magical realism debut Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance.

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places, jeopardizing not only his own life, but the life of Mary, the woman he loves.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell: great storms that evaporate into thin air; fireflies that make phosphorescent honey; a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.

 

About Ruth Emmie Lang

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Published November 14, 2017 by St. Martin's Press. 332 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Nov 08 2017

“Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance” has the feel of a fairy tale. It explores the magic of its world in an easy and natural way. Lang isn’t concerned with explaining the extraordinary – it’s enough to acknowledge and celebrate it. That attitude, more than anything else, is what makes this such a lovely book.

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