Duplex: A Novel

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Graywolf Press, Sep 3, 2013 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Time, place, and mind all bend in extraordinary ways in this new novel from the acclaimed author of The Thin Place and Versailles

Mary and Eddie are meant for each other—but love is no guarantee, not in these suburbs. Like all children, they exist in an eternal present; time is imminent, and the adults of the street live in their assorted houses like numbers on a clock. Meanwhile, ominous rumors circulate, and the increasing agitation of the neighbors points to a future in which all will be lost. Soon a sorcerer’s car will speed down Mary’s street, and as past and future fold into each other, the resonant parenthesis of her girlhood will close forever. Beyond is adulthood, a world of robots and sorcerers, slaves and masters, bodies without souls. In Duplex, Kathryn Davis, whom the Chicago Tribune has called “one of the most inventive novelists at work today,” has created a coming-of-age story like no other. Once you enter the duplex—that magical hinge between past and future, human and robot, space and time—there’s no telling where you might come out.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

This is what reading is all about - confusing one into another reality that says something about our own. If you don’t mind being in the midst of a wild, poetic world - it’s worth the effort once you ... Read full review

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I agree with all the reviews of this book, good and bad. The phrase-making is magical and haunting. The story is meagre and dull beneath its cloak of wonder. It is a luminous and timeless evocation of ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Kathryn Davis is the author of six novels. She has received the Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. She teaches at Washington University, and lives in Vermont and St. Louis, Missouri.

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