Dexter Palmer - Mary Toft; Or, the Rabbit Queen & Mark Haber - Reinhardt's Garden

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Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

As appealing to readers of Joyce and Pynchon as to fans of Neal Stephenson, Palmer’s Version Control and The Dream of Perpetual Motion energetically reimagined science fiction, time travel, thrillers, The Tempest, and more. Continuing his fascination with the blurred line between the real and the fantastic, Palmer’s third novel draws on the true story of Mary Toft, a farmer’s wife from Godalming, England, who in 1726 began giving birth to dead rabbits. Verified by both the local surgeon and a royal physician, Mary’s failure to repeat this strange miracle in London led to even larger and stranger questions for the medical community. 

 

Set at the turn of the 20th century, Haber’s quixotic—and paragraph-long—first novel follows Jacov Reinhardt and his faithful scribe as they travel the world in pursuit of Reinhardt’s hero and mentor, Emiliano Gomez Carrasquilla, who may have discovered the very essence of melancholy.  Fueled by cocaine and philosophy, the pair travel from a small Croatian village to Germany, Hungary, Russia, and the Americas. Writing in the vein of Thomas Bernhard and László Krasznahorkai, Haber, operations manager at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore and author of a collection of short stories, Deathbed Conversions, has composed a fiction that’s both adventurous and absurdist, focused and digressive, and as consumed with melancholy as it is ridden with sly humor. 

 

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Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101871935
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Published: Pantheon - November 19th, 2019

Reinhardt's Garden Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895620
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 1st, 2019