Brightfellow by Rikki Ducornet

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...readers may find themselves yearning for something more substantial from the narrative than just meditation and lyricism—the novel’s hasty and confusing climax exemplifies the ways Ducornet only sporadically considers plot.
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Praise for Rikki Ducornet:

“A novelist whose vocabulary sweats with a kind of lyrical heat.” —New York Times

“Ducornet—surrealist, absurdist, pure anarchist at times—is one of our most accomplished writers, adept at seizing on the perfect details and writing with emotion and cool detachment simultaneously. I love her style because it is penetrating and precise but also sensual without being overwrought. You experience a Ducornet novel with all of your senses.” —Jeff VanderMeer

“Linguistically explosive. . . . One of the most interesting American writers around.” —The Nation

“Ducornet celebrates the playful and rebellious nature of art, and the anarchic ability of the imagination to subvert physical limitations.” —Times Literary Supplement

A feral boy comes of age on a campus decadent with starched sheets, sweating cocktails, and homemade jams. Stub is the cause of that missing sweater, the pie that disappeared off the cooling rack. Then Stub meets Billy, who takes him in, and Asthma, who enchants him, and all is found, then lost. A fragrant, voluptuous novel of imposture, misplaced affection, and emotional deformity.

An artist and writer, Rikki Ducornet has illustrated books by Robert Coover, Jorge Luis Borges, Forrest Gander, and Joanna Howard. Her paintings have been exhibited widely, including, most recently, at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Salvador Allende Museum in Santiago, Chile.

 

About Rikki Ducornet

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The author of eight novels as well as collections of short stories, essays, and poems, Rikki Ducornet has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, honored twice by the Lannan Foundation, and the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature. Widely published abroad, Ducornet is also a painter who exhibits internationally. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
 
Published June 13, 2016 by Coffee House Press. 162 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 13 2016

...readers may find themselves yearning for something more substantial from the narrative than just meditation and lyricism—the novel’s hasty and confusing climax exemplifies the ways Ducornet only sporadically considers plot.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Tobias Carroll on Jul 15 2016

There is plenty of room here for a sense of wonder and discovery, but there are also more jarring moments...“Brightfellow” travels into an offbeat mind, but it’s an enlightening voyage.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Dustin Illingworth on Aug 11 2016

“Brightfellow” is not without its warts. Ducornet’s language can veer a little too sharply into the precious...Still, her ability to navigate that twilight land between youthful fantasy and world-weary adulthood is, alone, worth the cost of admission.

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