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Bottle Grove: A Novel

Daniel Handler.
Item #: D03036
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 240 / 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury.
ISBN: 9781632864277
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Our tale begins with a wedding in San Francisco's Bottle Grove, a stretch of urban forest bestowed by a wealthy patron for the public good (back when people did such things), where ritzy guests, lustful teenagers, drunken revelers, and forest creatures all wait for the sun to go down. It is a sexy, satirical dark comedy about two unions in the days of the dot-com boom—one forged of love and the other of greed—and about the forces that can drive couples together, into dependence, and then into sinister, even supernatural realms. Add one foxy shape-shifter to the mix, and you get a strange and delightful spectacle that only Daniel Handler could have invented. "The shadow of this fox looms throughout the book, prowling through the city and seducing and consuming the lives of Handler's characters. This sense of the inhuman and predatory … serves as the backdrop of the novel: a rapidly changing San Francisco that, to some, feels like it is eating its own."—San Francisco Chronicle

"What a funny, riveting, heartbreaking, wise and joyous read you have ahead of you! A masterpiece by Daniel Handler, one of our greatest storytellers. How I envy you."—Andrew Sean Greer

 

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