In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.
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As with other books by Danielewski, it is ingeniously typeset – more poem than prose, with blank pages facing each page of text and interspersed art works composed of stitching (remember, Chintana is a needlewoman)...At the novella's climax, the fusion of art and language is exhilarating and even frightening.Read Full Review of The Fifty Year Sword | See more reviews from Guardian
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