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Tatterdemalion.

by Linsteadt, Sylvia V.,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
In a ruined world, what survives are the tales we tell.

Tatterdemalion is a uniquely original post-apocalyptic novel rooted in fantasy and folklore. It begins when Poppy, who speaks the languages of wild things, travels east to the mountains with the wheeled and elephantine beast, Lyoobov. He's seeking answers to the mysteries of his birth, and the origins of a fallen world.

Up in the glacial peaks, among a strange, mountainous people, a Juniper Tree takes Poppy deep into her roots and shows him the true stories of the people who made his world, people he thought were only myths. Their tales span centuries, from three hundred years in the future all the way back to our present day. It is through this feral but redemptive folklore that Poppy begins to understand the story of his own past and his place in the present.

Tatterdemalion is a brilliant collaboration between the visual artist Rima Staines and the author Sylvia Linsteadt, and it features 14 original colour illustrations which inspired the story.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "How can you know a whole world, without every tattered thread? Combining futuristic folklore with illustrations reminiscent of those found in medieval texts, Linsteadt's debut is a dystopian fairy tale. Inspired by a series of paintings by artist Rima Staines, Linsteadt's tales are woven together over centuries of destruction, fear, despair, and, ultimately, renewal. It all begins with Poppy, a boy who only speaks the language of animals and is therefore thought to be simple by the humans of his dilapidated settlement. One day, Poppy disappears. When he returns three years later, accompanied by a wondrous, legendary creature, he has become a teller of tales. Poppy's adventure is intertwined with those of long-lived, magical creatures and deformed mutants, although what they are does not matter in the end. The moral of the interlaced stories is that everything changes or adapts to be what is needed to survive; and those who survive are not necessarily the fittest, but they are the worthiest. Fans of Catherynne M. Valente's fantasy novels will be enthralled by Linsteadt's lyrical morality tale.--Lucy Lockley Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Linsteadt's ambitious, elegiac first novel is inspired by Staines's fanciful paintings. In northern California, various forms of community and culture spring up after a mid-21st-century collapse, centered around magic deeply tied to the ecology of the area. The young boy Poppy finds a massive, speaking creature with wheels; monks called Bells, Perches, and Boots seek the ideal forms of the things they've taken as their names; a bereft girl transforms into an owl. The threads come together in a remarkable expression of the preciousness of the natural life of the Sierra Nevadas. The book has one major flaw: though the setting is indisputably California, the illustrations are strongly influenced by European folk art, and major story elements draw principally from European myths and fairy tales. The disjunction from the native history of California undermines the theme of returning to roots and learning to cooperate with the repressed. Nonetheless, this is a heartfelt and effective mix of old lore, current anxieties, and the possibilities of the future. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects ordreq 06/12/18 xa
Publisher 20182018
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9781783523290
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