Palimpsest

By Catherynne Valente
(Spectra Books, Paperback, 9780553385762, 367pp.)

Publication Date: February 24, 2009

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In the Cities of Coin and Spice and In the Night Garden introduced readers to the unique and intoxicating imagination of Catherynne M. Valente. Now she weaves a lyrically erotic spell of a place where the grotesque and the beautiful reside and the passport to our most secret fantasies begins with a stranger’s kiss.…

Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse—a voyage permitted only to those who’ve always believed there’s another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night. To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November; Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named Sei. They’ve each lost something important—a wife, a lover, a sister, a direction in life—and what they will find in Palimpsest is more than they could ever imagine.




About the Author
Catherynne M. Valente is a NYTimes-bestselling fantasy / SF author, whose novels include Palimpsest, Deathless, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. In 2011, the latter book ranked #8 on the NYTimes bestseller list. Its sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, was #5 on Time's Best Fiction of 2012. She has won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and three Locus Awards. As part of the SF Squeecast, she has won two Hugo Awards.
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