Green Thumb by Tom Cardamone
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Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Queer Speculative Fiction!

Mutability blooms in the Florida Keys after the Red War. The genie boxes created King Pelicans with single human hands to rule the ruins of half-drowned Miami…and other, stranger persons. Slavers roam the deep waters offshore, taking captives to feed the voracious Kudzu Army and the human aqueduct bearing fresh water from Lake Okeechobee. On the last stretch of the Overseas Highway still standing, an albino seeress prophesies: “You will reach for the sun while staying rooted to the ground. But I fear your shadow will be much too long.”

Misunderstanding time, Leaf has lived for decades alone in a collapsing Victorian house on a desolate sandy key, feeding on sunlight and dew. When at last he meets a boy like—but so unlike!—himself, Leaf’s startling journey begins. A post-apocalyptic, psychoactive pastorale, Green Thumb will pollinate your mind and wind its way into your heart like kudzu.

About Tom Cardamone

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Published July 30, 2012 by BrazenHead: an imprint of Lethe Press. 142 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Cardamone (The Werewolves of Central Park) uses evocative prose and detailed settings to capture the hypnotic rhythms of the sea, then takes a darker, more erotic and psychedelic turn when Scallop’s father is enslaved and forced to become part of a “human aqueduct” transporting water from L...

Jun 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Green Thumb: a novella

Lambda Literary

And my other criticism challenged my sanity, but maybe that was the point: In an attempt to do something creative, avant-garde, Cardamone employed some Kerouacian page breaks.* For example, some sections end in the middle of a sentence and some paragraphs break then continue on the next page, aft...

Sep 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Green Thumb: a novella

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