The Grass-Cutting Sword
By Catherynne M. Valente
(Prime Books, Paperback, 9780809556779, 126pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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A new novel by the author of The Labyrinth and Yume No Hon, The Grass-Cutting Sword explores the strange landscape of primeval Japan, from the Heaven-Spanning Bridge to the hellish Root-Country: the troubled trickster Susanoo-no-Mikoto, god of wind and storms, is banished from heaven and wanders the earth, lost in human form, in search of his demonic mother and charged with the defeat of an eight-headed serpent . . .