The Kings and Queens of Roam

By Daniel Wallace
Touchstone Books, Hardcover, 9781476703978, 277pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

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“Daniel Wallace is a craftsman of the modern fairy tale and The Kings and Queens of Roam does not disappoint. The story follows the insular lives of two sisters—one blind and beautiful, the other able to see, but ugly—as they press against the edges of their small town. Orphaned, the two sisters must rely on each other to survive, but their faults begin to overshadow their virtues as they grow older. As with Big Fish and Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, Daniel Wallace explores the nature of truth—it is not what is seen but what is believed.”
— Adie Smith, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS

From the celebrated author of "Big Fish" comes an imaginative, moving novel about two sisters, their dark legacy, and the magical town that entwines them.
Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naive--and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn't possibly survive on her own...or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down.
In this new novel, southern literary master Daniel Wallace returns to the tradition of tall tales and folklore made memorable in his bestselling novel "Big Fish." Wildly inventive and beautifully written, "The Kings and Queens of Roam" is a big-hearted tale of family and the ties that bind.

About the Author
Daniel Wallace is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters as well as a dozen more books that explore the underpinnings of the Star Wars universe, including The Jedi Path, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, and co-author of Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle. He is a regular contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine and compiled the questions used in the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit game. In addition to his contributions to the galaxy far, far away, he has written for several other universes such as Indiana Jones, Smallville, Supernatural, DC Comics (The Joker and The Art of Superman Return) and Marvel Comics (The Marvel Encyclopedia).
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