American Hippo: River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and New Stories

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Tom Doherty Associates, May 22, 2018 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In 2017 Sarah Gailey made her debut with River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow, two action-packed novellas that introduced readers to an alternate America in which hippos rule the colossal swamp that was once the Mississippi River. Now readers have the chance to own both novellas in American Hippo, a single, beautiful volume.

Years ago, in an America that never was, the United States government introduced herds of hippos to the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This plan failed to take into account some key facts about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

By the 1890s, the vast bayou that was once America's greatest waterway belongs to feral hippos, and Winslow Houndstooth has been contracted to take it back. To do so, he will gather a crew of the damnedest cons, outlaws, and assassins to ever ride a hippo. American Hippo is the story of their fortunes, their failures, and his revenge.

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User Review  - sleahey - LibraryThing

Two novellas and a short story, all connected at the hip by the hippos. In an alternative past, hippos have replaced horses in a wild west kind of south. Unfortunately, the Mississippi has been ... Read full review

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User Review  - quondame - LibraryThing

Alt-history with hippos. A classic caper story through the wilds of Louisiana to eliminate feral hippos from the Harriett, a swap lake on the Mississippi. The main characters are mostly pretty ... Read full review

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Hugo and Campbell award finalist Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. Their most recent fiction credits include Mothership Zeta, Fireside Fiction, and the Speculative Bookshop Anthology. Their debut novella duology, River of Teeth, was published in 2017 via Tor.com. They have a novel forthcoming from Tor Books in Spring 2019. Gailey lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with their two scrappy dogs. You can find links to their work at www.sarahgailey.com; find them on social media @gaileyfrey.

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