A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780670786107, 272pp.
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
In this mysterious and chilling novel, girls, mostly Native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway in the isolated Pacific Northwest. Leo Kreutzer and his friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of enigmatic strangers arrive in their remote mountain town, beguiling and bewitching them. It seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.
The intoxicatingly lush debut novel by the acclaimed author of The King of Limbo, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is an unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town, as seductive and beautifully written as the devil’s dark arts are wielded.
WINNER OF THE 2015 PINCKLEY PRIZE FOR DEBUT CRIME NOVEL
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Praise For A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain…
“Readers will be swept away by this breathless, absorbing novel….A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain proves that Harun is heir apparent to Louise Erdrich and Harry Crews.... A mesmerizing incantation, harrowing and hypnotic.”
--The New York Times Book Review
“An ingenious tale of myth, magic and murder….told in rich prose….[An] auspicious debut.” --Seattle Times
“Hypnotic...tantalizing...lush and evocative...Literary and genre lovers alike can find a striking new voice to celebrate in A Man Came Out of A Door in the Mountain.”
--Kansas City Star
“A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is literary magic of the highest order….It reads with the level care of a finely crafted story…but also with the fresh familiarity of a folksong….A spectacular read.”
--The Vancouver Sun
“Haunting [and] hypnotic.”
“A dense and mythic coming-of-age allegory, equal parts fanciful and horrifying…Each of Harun’s people is fleshed out with maximum sureness and poetry.”
“In mesmerizing prose, debut novelist Harun spins a chilling tale shot through with both aching realism and age-old folktales, melding them together to capture a landscape lush with possibility and imagination and terrifying in its vast emptiness.”
--Booklist, starred review
“Intertwining with real-world pain and loss, this debut novel gains an extra sense of risk and realism, pitting ordinary, human evil against supernatural wickedness.”
--The Globe and Mail
“Much as it does to the novel’s characters, the gothic ambiance wraps around the reader and won’t let go.”
“Harun creates a masterfully bleak and spooky mood, and succinctly captures the desperation of the young people’s lives…[a] promising debut.”
“Through a complex narrative structure, Harun [invests] all of her action…with an aura of myth and folk legend.”
"A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is a rich, haunting, original novel that captures evil in many forms--mythic, magic and chillingly real. Adrianne Harun's writing can hold you breathless."
--Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
“I have long been a fan of Adrianne Harun's work, and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain has raised my admiration to new heights. Writing with astonishing vividness, Harun weaves her own myths and magic as she plots her amazing tale.”
--Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“Adrianne Harun's dark, mysterious novel is by turns Gothic and grittily realistic, astute and poetic in its evocation of evil everywhere.”
--Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever