Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Yarn

No, this isn't a post about my wife's knitting success. (Although you're always free to check her stuff out over at The Shetland Trader.)

This Yarn refers to a new novel by Jon Armstrong, the Campbell Award Nominated author of Grey. I'm very glad to hear Jon has a new one. Haven't read it yet, but here's what Publishers Weekly said in a Starred Review:

Armstrong's stand-alone prequel to his 2007 debut, Grey, is set in the same superficial, dystopic near-future ruled by fashion and consumerism. Cities like Seattlehama are towering bastions of "sex and shopping" where "saleswarriors" and "salessoldiers" battle for customers. Most people live in the sprawling agricultural areas called slubs. Tane Cedar, one of the world's top fashion designers, is confounded when his former lover Vada, a fugitive revolutionary, inexplicably appears near death in his showroom and asks him to complete the impossible task of finding illegal yarn and making a coat of it in just one day. Tane's quest confronts him with the tyranny and hopelessness of the world outside of the cities while answering his questions about his nightmarish childhood and enigmatic father. Armstrong's stylized tale is a profoundly moving fusion of visionary images and compelling social commentary.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Shawn Crawford said...

Just ordered Grey from the library--thanks for the recommendation.

2:32 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Cool. Let me know what you think!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Shawn Crawford said...

Hey David,
Read Grey in one late night sitting--really loved the prose, world-building, and characterization--the plot was the only weak spot, but only a minor quibble, really. I'll definitely be ordering Yarn once my local library orders it.

Thanks! I would have probably missed it otherwise.

Shawn

10:10 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Shawn,

Glad to hear it worked for you overall. See you soon,

David.

1:39 PM  

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