Solitaire: A Novel

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Small Beer Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Fiction - 341 pages
33 Reviews

A New York Times Notable Book, Borders Original Voices selection, and Nebula, Endeavour, and Spectrum Award finalist.

"Suspenseful and inspiring."—School Library Journal

"A stylistic and psychological tour de force."—The New York Times Book Review

There are many books we'd love to see back in print and we're very happy to have acquired Kelley Eskridge's debut novel, Solitaire. Jackal Segura is a Hope: born to responsibility and privilege as a symbol of a fledgling world government. Soon she'll become part of the global administration, sponsored by the huge corporation that houses, feeds, employs, and protects her and everyone she loves. Then, just as she discovers that everything she knows is a lie, she becomes a pariah, a murderer: a person with no community and no future. Grief-stricken and alone, she is put into an experimental program designed to inflict the experience of years of solitary confinement in a few short months: virtual confinement in a sealed cell within her own mind. Afterward, branded and despised, she returns to a world she no longer knows. Struggling to make her way, she has a chance to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul—in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire.

Kelley Eskridge (kelleyeskridge.com) is a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter. Her stories have received the Astraea Award and been adapted for television. A movie based on Solitaire is in development. She lives in Seattle with her partner, novelist Nicola Griffith.

  

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

This seems almost like a young adult novel. I wanted some more time with Jackal's solitary confinement, since it's the crux of the book, but it lasts only 30 pages. As much as I don't care for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dawn - Goodreads

I liked this. But the first third was slow, and I wish the character development was stronger--I kept thinking that maybe I missed the first in the series, but no--this is the first. Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
15
Chapter 3
35
Chapter 4
61
Chapter 5
63
Chapter 6
79
Part II After the Fall
101
Chapter 7
103
Part IV Solitaire
165
Chapter 12
167
Chapter 13
193
Chapter 14
201
Chapter 15
227
Chapter 16
241
Chapter 17
259
Chapter 18
273

Chapter 8
107
Chapter 9
125
Chapter 10
129
Part III Solitary
133
Chapter 11
135
Chapter 19
293
Chapter 20
317
Acknowledgements
343
About the Author
344
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Kelley Eskridge: Kelley Eskridge's novel Solitaire was a New York Times Notable Book and a Borders Books Original Voices selection, and a finalist for the Nebula, Spectrum, and Endeavour awards. Her stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan, won the Astraea Award and been finalists for the Nebula and James Tiptree awards. Her collection Dangerous Space was published by Aqueduct Press. Her story “Alien Jane” was adapted for television and a film adaptation of Solitaire is in development with Cherry Road Films. She lives in Seattle, WA.

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