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The Changeling

Category: Book
By (author): Williams, Joy
Subject:  FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
  FICTION / General
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: April 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 8.00in x 5.20in x 1.10in
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From The Publisher*Forty years later, The Changeling is no less haunting and no less visionary than the day it was published, but it has only become clearer that Joy Williams is a virtuosic stylist and a singular thinker-a genius in every sense of the word.            

When we first meet Pearl-young in years but advanced in her drinking-she's on the lam, sitting at a hotel bar in Florida, throwing back gin and tonics with her infant son cradled in the crook of her arm. But her escape is brief, and the relief she feels at having fled her abusive husband, and the Northeastern island his family calls home, doesn't last for long. Soon she's being shepherded back. The island, for Pearl, is a place of madness and pain, and her round-the-clock drinking spurs on the former even if it dulls the latter. And through this lens-Pearl's fragile consciousness-readers encounter the horror and triumph of both childhood and motherhood in a new light.            

With language that flits between exuberance and elegy, the plainspoken and the poetic, Joy Williams has blended, as Rick Moody writes, "the arresting improbabilities of magic realism, with the surrealism of the folkloric revival . . . and with the modernist foreboding of Under the Volcano," and created something entirely original and entirely consuming. 

Review Quote*The Changeling is not a novel. It is a shimmering postpartum hex, a vision hatched from the egg of a divinely original mind decades ago and now officially a classic. Joy Williams will be read long after we are all covered in ants. - Claire Vaye Watkins

The Changeling is perverse and singular in the manner of all true enchantment. I have never come across anything quite like it, although its DNA is in almost all contemporary fiction that I love. - Kelly Link

Joy Williams' exquisite vision of mothers and monsters leaves me drunk with wonder. Her language is so powerful, her images so lush, my copy is dogeared on nearly every page. - Samantha Hunt

An elusive but enchanting work by one of America's greatest authors. - Kirkus
Biographical NoteJoy Williams is the author of four novels, four previous story collections, and the book of essays Ill Nature. She's been nominated for the National Book Award, The Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent title is The Visiting Privilege: New & Collected Stories. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.