Friday, June 24, 2011

Pre-release special for Never at Home by L. Timmel Duchamp

Though I launched it at WisCon, the official release date of my new collection, Never at Home, is August 1. This collection includes stories previously published in the acclaimed Paraspheres and Bending the Landscape anthology series and in Asimov’s SF, as well as one hundred pages of previously unpublished work, all of them emotionally intense explorations of the difficulties of belonging:

"Explanations Are Clear"
"The Tears of Niobe"
"The Nones of Quintilis, Somewhere on the Southwest Slope of Monte Albano"
"A Question of Grammar"
"The World and Alice"
"Sadness Ineffable, Desire Ineluctable"
And I Must Baffle at the Hint"

All of these are pretty intense (and chewy) stories, except for the last one, which may be one of the most frivolous stories I've ever written. (Well, after "Lord Enoch's Revels," which has got to be the most frivolous (though not, I suppose, exactly light-hearted) story I've ever written.)

I've been getting some positive feedback from people who bought the book at WisCon. Here are the blurbs:

"L. Timmel Duchamp sees the world from an angle inclined at about 25 degrees to the rest of us.  Her stories make you feel odd, as if the ground shifted in mid-step and your foot has come down somewhere you weren’t expecting.  In this collection she explores in many ways the theme of belonging.  They are some of her best stories: unfailingly original, emotionally intense, and suffused with intelligence.  I am in awe of this book."-- Carolyn Ives Gilman, author of Halfway Human

"L. Timmel Duchamp has become a major voice as an editor, publisher, and critic.  Her new collection NEVER AT HOME confirms her importance as a writer as well.  The stories within are strange and heady, original and surprising.  In them, the Duchamp heroine often finds herself pulled into some fascinating new world.  The Duchamp reader is in the same position, though much happier to be there.   Highly recommended."-- Karen Joy Fowler, author of What I Didn't See and Other Stories

"L. Timmel Duchamp's stories are intense, tricky, heartfelt, and most of all, interesting; they take on big themes in a clear way, but also at the same time swirl with complications, moments of poetry, life itself."-- Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy

“A new collection from L. Timmel Duchamp is cause for celebration. Duchamp’s short fiction is compassionate, sharp-eyed, intelligent, and often ingeniously structured. These stories take us places we haven’t been before. Never at Home once again showcases a unique, essential voice.”-- Jeff VanderMeer, author of Finch

Until August 1, you can purchase Never at Home for $15 here.

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