The Ballad of Perilous Graves

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Little, Brown Book Group, Jun 23, 2022 - Fiction - 480 pages
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'Wild, witty, and profound. . . a cosmic storm of talent' Victor LaValle

Put on your dancing shoes and step into New Orleans as you've never seen it before in this vibrant and imaginative debut.

Nola is a city of wonders. An alternate New Orleans made of music and magic, where spirits dance the night away and Wise Women help keep the order. To those from Away, Nola might seem strange. To failed magician Perilous Graves, it's simply home.

Then the rhythm of the city stutters.

Nine songs of power have escaped from the magical piano that maintains the city's beat, and without them, Nola will fail. Unwilling to watch his home be destroyed, Perry will sacrifice everything to save it. But a storm is brewing and even if they capture the songs, Nola's time might be coming to an end.

Praise for The Ballad of Perilous Graves:

'A hallucinatory wonder of a debut' Walter Mosley

'Gripping and inventive fantasy' Guardian

'An enchanting, energetic, wild ride of a story set to a staccato melody. The electric prose leaps off the page in a riot of colours and sounds' Leslye Penelope

'A wild, dark and joyful love song to New Orleans, the power of stories, and hope in the face of destruction' H. G. Parry

'I ached to live in their world. A stunning debut that is sure to become a classic' Elizabeth Hand

'Alex Jennings writes with an energy and a profusion of imagination and vividness that carries you off. Brilliant!' Katherine Addison

'A beautiful song full of magic and rhythm, darkness and delight. A profoundly gorgeous debut' Christina Henry

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Magic and music—here “one and the same”—bring to life a vibrant alternate New Orleans in Jennings’s stunning urban fantasy debut. When Perilous “Perry” Graves encounters the city’s famed undead ... Read full review

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About the author (2022)

Alex Jennings was born in Wiesbaden (Germany) and raised in Gaborone (Botswana), Paramaribo (Surinam), and Tunis (Tunisia) as well as the United States. He is a graduate of Clarion West and the University of New Orleans. He is now a teacher, author, and performer living in New Orleans. His writing has appeared in, podcastle, The Peauxdunque Review, Obsidian Lit, the Locus- Award-winning Luminescent. He is an afternoon person.

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