The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace
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A fanciful story layered in symbolism and ripe with lyrical language.
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From the celebrated author of Big Fish comes an imaginative, moving novel about two sisters, their dark legacy, and the magical town that entwines them.

Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naïve—and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn’t possibly survive on her own…or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down.

In this new novel, southern literary master Daniel Wallace returns to the tradition of tall tales and folklore made memorable in his bestselling novel Big Fish. Wildly inventive and beautifully written, The Kings and Queens of Roam is a big-hearted tale of family and the ties that bind.
 

About Daniel Wallace

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Daniel Wallace is the author of five novels. His first, Big Fish, was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003, and a musical version is coming to Broadway in 2013. He is a contributing editor to Garden & Gun magazine and is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program. Visit his website at DanielWallace.org.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Touchstone. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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on Feb 18 2013

A fanciful story layered in symbolism and ripe with lyrical language.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Jul 12 2013

What saves them and makes the reader care about them is that in Wallace's hands, and thanks to his deceptively simple and poetic writing, they do develop.

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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 29 2013

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but “The Kings and Queens of Roam” might just be read in one.

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