|By (author):||Mitchell, David|
|Subject:||FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Ghost|
|FICTION / Literary|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural|
|Publisher:||Knopf Random Vintage Canada|
|Size:||8.00in x 5.18in|
|From The Publisher*||A headlong adrenaline-rush of a new novel from one of our most beloved and original writers: Slade House, which has its origins in Mitchell's famously Twitter-released short story, is his most entertaining and accessible novel yet. A cycle of linked ghost stories perfect for any dark and stormy night.|
An ordinary road in a town like yours: bus routes and red-brick houses. A dank narrow alley, easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. A small black metal door set into the wall: no handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it opens onto a sunlit garden, sloping up to a house that doesn't quite make sense. . . . Go through, and the door closes discreetly behind you. In David Mitchell's exhilarating new novel, five "guests" separated by nine years enter Slade House for a brief visit--only to vanish without trace from the outside world. Who draws them to the heart of Slade House, and why is the house missing from maps? Beginning in 1979 and ending in 2015, these five interlacing narratives will enchant Mitchell's readers, old and new, with a signature blend of mystery, realism, and the supernatural.
|Review Quote*||"I gulped down this novel in a single evening. Intricately connected to Mitchell's previous books, this compact fantasy burns with classic Mitchell-ian energy-painstakingly imagined and crackling with narrative velocity, it's a Dracula for the new millennium, a Hansel and Gretel for grownups, a reminder of how much fun fiction can be." -Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize|
"David Mitchell's Slade House is a deranged garden of forking paths, where all the flowers are poisonous, and every escape is choked with thorns. Mitchell has long been acknowledged as one of the finest-if not the finest-literary minds of his generation; but he's also one of the most suspenseful, and proves it in every gripping, vertiginous set piece. In some ways, the book is a little like Wes Craven hired Umberto Eco to reinvent Nightmare on Elm Street. But that doesn't quite do justice to its white-hot intensity: I think five minutes inside of Slade House would leave Freddy Kreuger trembling and crying for mama. I read in a constant state of terror and joy and could not turn the pages fast enough."
-Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Horns
"Sharp, fast, flat-out spooky, Slade House is such a hypnotic read that you are likely to miss your subway stop in order to keep reading. And by you, I mean me." -Daniel Handler, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Pirates and The Lemony Snicket series
"David Mitchell doesn't break rules so much as he proves them to be inhibitors to lively intelligent fiction. Slade House is a fractal offshoot crystallizing from his remarkable The Bone Clocks, an eerie haunted-house tale that takes as much from quantum mechanics as from traditional supernatural lore, a spellbinding chiller about an unnatural greed for life and the arrogance of power." -Dean Koontz, 14-time #1 New York Times bestselling author
"What can't David Mitchell do? Slade House is a page-burning, read-in-one-sitting, at times terrifying novel that does for the haunted house story what Henry James did for the ghost story in The Turn of the Screw. It has all the intelligence and linguistic dazzle of a David Mitchell novel, but this one will also creep the pants off you. Just as Slade House won't let go of its unsuspecting guests, you won't be able to put this book down. Welcome to Slade House-step inside." -Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles and The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"Fans of [David] Mitchell's The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas will recognize the interlocking narrative structure and literary-fantastical bent of this new work. . . . Pitched as his most accessible book yet, but, really, who doesn't want to just drink up all of Mitchell's writing?" -Library Journal
From the Hardcover edition.
|Biographical Note||DAVID MITCHELL is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Bone Clocks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007 ("The most consistently interesting novelist of his generation," TIME). With KA Yoshida, Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir, The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. The author lives in County Cork, Ireland.|