The Blue City

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Marick Press, 2007 - Fiction - 124 pages
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Fiction. In the complicated trio of Tomas the fishmonger, Marta the intellectual, and Josef the shady narrator involved in something dark and unsaid, Sean Thomas Dougherty fashions a series of intertwined noir chapters that draw on real and imagined Eastern European history. In THE BLUE CITY, characters weave in and out of mythical cities based on colors that cut across time and space, as they seek to understand the many avenues that inhabit us both outside and within. Part Calvino, part Jabes, this brief experimental novella challenges notions of the genre, as its characters search for meaning and redemption in their own lives, as the past intrudes into the present, and what was done or not done, will destroy them or be forgiven. "In THE BLUE CITY Dougherty explores the multiple cities in which we live, and which live in us, the way they shade into and clash with one another, and the way the shadows they cast both shelter us and oppress us. A meditation on storytelling and the way stories both shape and deform relationships, THE BLUE CITY is an impressive fable"--Brian Evenson.

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About the author (2007)

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of eleven books including Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (BOA Editions, 2010), Broken Hallelujahs (2007 BOA Editions), the novella THE BLUE CITY (2008 Marick Press), and the poetry collection NIGHTSHIFT BELONGING TO LORCA (Mammoth Books, 2004). A former high school dropout and factory worker, he is the Assistant Director for Creative Writing at Penn State Erie.

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