Tideland by Mitch Cullin

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Welcome to the world of Jeliza-Rose, the young narrator of Mitch Cullin’s provocative novel, Tideland. And what exactly has brought Jeliza-Rose from Los Angeles to rural Texas? And why won’t her father talk to her anymore, preferring instead to gaze at the wall? And who is making all that racket in the attic? In a story which is at times suspenseful, darkly surreal, and often humorous, Jeliza-Rose drifts from the harsh reality of her childhood, escaping into the fantasies of her own active imagination where fireflies have names, bog men awaken at dusk, monster sharks swim down railroad tracks, and disembodied doll heads share in her adventures.
Set amongst grassy fields, alongside an abandoned quarry, in dim bedrooms and mesquite-shaded trails, Tideland illuminates those moments when the fantastic emerges from seemingly common occurrences and lives–and a lonely child discovers magic and danger behind even the most mundane of events.

About Mitch Cullin

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Mitch Cullin's fiction has been published in "Christopher Street" and other magazines. His work has been widely anthologized and he has won various awards for his writing. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Published September 12, 2011 by Dufour Editions. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Jeliza-Rose is left to fend for herself, and, like children everywhere, she has a prodigious imagination that keeps her continually diverted while her neglectful father lapses into a terminal dreaminess.

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Precocious (and often pretentious) conversations between Jeliza-Rose and her Barbie heads (one is named Classique) serve to illumine the girl's disturbed state of mind and to further the surreal plot.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Gilliam's intent is very serious but the film is like two hours of nervous laughter, in which Gilliam and his young actress play games together, in a dull and grotesque reinvention of Alice in Wonderland.

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Chicago Tribune

"Tideland" is a disturbing confection, a Gothic fairy tale from "Brazil's" Terry Gilliam based on Mitch Cullin's 2000 novel about the fantasy life of a brainy, lively little Southern girl named Jeliza-Rose.

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