The Kings and Queens of Roam: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 7, 2013 - Fiction - 277 pages
14 Reviews
From the celebrated author of Big Fish comes an imaginative, moving novel about two sisters, their dark legacy, and the magical town that entwines them.

Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naïve—and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn’t possibly survive on her own…or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down.

In this new novel, southern literary master Daniel Wallace returns to the tradition of tall tales and folklore made memorable in his bestselling novel Big Fish. Wildly inventive and beautifully written, The Kings and Queens of Roam is a big-hearted tale of family and the ties that bind.
  

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Review: The Kings and Queens of Roam

User Review  - Diane Barnes - Goodreads

I am not a big fan of magical realism, which is what I consider this book. However, once in a while an author comes along that can make you believe in the impossible. One Hundred Years of Solitude by ... Read full review

Review: The Kings and Queens of Roam

User Review  - Tammy Sparks - Goodreads

In a word: A strikingly original folktale, full of secrets and lies, some very complicated relationships, and a just a splash of magic realism. So Helen remained and discovered in her sister's absence ... Read full review

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Section 2
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About the author (2013)

Daniel Wallace is the author of five novels. His first, Big Fish, was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003, and a musical version on Broadway in 2013. He is a contributing editor to Garden & Gun magazine and is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program. Visit his website at DanielWallace.org.

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