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Ordinary Monsters

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Nestled in a hidden valley, Lágrimas is the last stop for a host of eccentric and questionable souls. When Joyce arrives looking for her son on a tip from a hitchhiker who claims to have seen him there, she settles in a bit too quickly for the locals' comfort. Much to her crushing disappointment, the boy she's been led to is not her son, but an emotionally battered teenager who communicates solely through lines from The Tempest. The locals, suspicious of Joyce's intent, believe that she has brought with her the forces of the Owl, a devastating storm that threatens to demolish Lágrimas once every decade. Like a storm, the histories of Joyce and all of Lágrimas' inhabitants come raining down over the course of this riveting novel. Emotionally wrought and ultimately redeeming, Ordinary Monsters is a remarkable story about the sorrow of loss and the gift of healing. Karen Novak is the author of Five Mile House. She lives in Mason, Ohio. Praise for Five Mile House: 'A breathtaking novel about crime, about coming to terms with one's history, about learning to give love and to accept it. The writing is beautiful. And this is a brilliant debut.' - Frederick Busch, author of The Night Inspector 'Novak's striking debut works up to a climactic frenzy.' - Kirkus 'A strong debut....Novak has the reader on tenterhooks.' - Publishers Weekly 'Deftly written...Ms. Novak tells a compelling story that moves along with a literary flourish and a few unexpected frights. It should be read late at night.' - Cincinnati Enquirer A mother's search for her lost son leads her to an almost mythical California desert town.


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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Kindle Book

  • Release date: September 24, 2010

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  • ISBN: 9781596918672
  • Release date: September 24, 2010

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  • ISBN: 9781596918672
  • File size: 639 KB
  • Release date: September 24, 2010


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Fiction Literature

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English

Nestled in a hidden valley, Lágrimas is the last stop for a host of eccentric and questionable souls. When Joyce arrives looking for her son on a tip from a hitchhiker who claims to have seen him there, she settles in a bit too quickly for the locals' comfort. Much to her crushing disappointment, the boy she's been led to is not her son, but an emotionally battered teenager who communicates solely through lines from The Tempest. The locals, suspicious of Joyce's intent, believe that she has brought with her the forces of the Owl, a devastating storm that threatens to demolish Lágrimas once every decade. Like a storm, the histories of Joyce and all of Lágrimas' inhabitants come raining down over the course of this riveting novel. Emotionally wrought and ultimately redeeming, Ordinary Monsters is a remarkable story about the sorrow of loss and the gift of healing. Karen Novak is the author of Five Mile House. She lives in Mason, Ohio. Praise for Five Mile House: 'A breathtaking novel about crime, about coming to terms with one's history, about learning to give love and to accept it. The writing is beautiful. And this is a brilliant debut.' - Frederick Busch, author of The Night Inspector 'Novak's striking debut works up to a climactic frenzy.' - Kirkus 'A strong debut....Novak has the reader on tenterhooks.' - Publishers Weekly 'Deftly written...Ms. Novak tells a compelling story that moves along with a literary flourish and a few unexpected frights. It should be read late at night.' - Cincinnati Enquirer A mother's search for her lost son leads her to an almost mythical California desert town.


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