Saffron And Brimstone by Elizabeth Hand
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Widely praised and widely read, Elizabeth Hand is regarded as one of America's leading literary fantasists. This new collection (an expansion of the limited-release Bibliomancy, which won the World Fantasy Award in 2005) showcases a wildly inventive author at the height of her powers. Included in this collection are "The Least Trumps," in which a lonely women reaches out to the world through symbols, tattooing, and the Tarot, and "Pavane for a Prince of the Air," where neo-pagan rituals bring a recently departed soul to something very different than eternal rest. Written in the author's characteristic poetic prose and rich with the details of traumatic lives that are luminously transformed, Saffron and Brimstone is a worthy addition to an outstanding career.
* Elizabeth Hand's work has been selected as a Washington Post Notable Book and a New York Times Notable Book, and she has been awarded a Nebula Award and two World Fantasy Awards.

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ELIZABETH HAND, a New York Times notable author, has written eight novels andseveral short-story collections. She has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the James TiptreeAward, the Nebula Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award (three times), and many others.Her novella, “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” was recently nominated fora Hugo Award. Hand is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the WashingtonPost Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.
Published December 12, 2006 by Dark Horse Books. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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More precisely contemporary themes are addressed in the vacillating post-9/11 love story (“Kronia”) and the eerie tale (“The Saffron Gatherers”) of a woman writer and all-purpose intellectual whose longtime bicoastal romance falls victim to the future shock she had feared, and perhaps imagined in...

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The opening sentences of "Cleopatra Brimstone" (the only story here not told in first person) demonstrate Hand's mastery of words as dreamscape: Her earliest memory was of wings.

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