Tumbling After by Paul Witcover

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Jack and Jilly Doone are twelve-year-old twins bound by blood and forbidden secrets. Running wild through endless August afternoons, they explore the tributaries of Chesapeake Bay, spinning fantasies and sneaking cigarettes. But when a near-drowning awakens a strange power in Jack, the line between fantasy and reality blurs. . . .

Kestrel is an airie, one of five mutant races born in the conflict known as the Viral Wars. With one companion from each of the other races—a delph, a merm, a mander, and a boggle—he sets out to battle human enemies sworn to exterminate mutantkind.

Now the destinies of two worlds move toward a shocking convergence . . . and a climax of violent transfiguration.


About Paul Witcover

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The author of Waking Beauty, Paul Witcover has also written a biography of Zora Neale Hurston and numerous short stories. He is the co-creator, with Elizabeth Hand, of the cult comic book series Anima and has served as the curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series. His work has also appeared on HBO. He lives and writes in New York City.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 348 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrative shifts between the sexually awakening Jack, who comes to believe he can alter reality to save himself and others, and Kestrel, who must also ferret out a spy in his mutant platoon.

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… It isn’t giving anything away to say that Witcover avoids any easy or conventional resolution at the end of Tumbling After while still managing to link his two stories in a meaningful and psychologically satisfying way;

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