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Is it September yet?

Coffee House Press does it again! To be released in September, 2010, Kate Bernheimer’s Horse, Flower, Bird is illustrated by none other than Rikki Ducornet and blurbed by Pulitzer finalist Lydia Millet. Here’s the scoop:

In Kate Bernheimer’s familiar and spare—yet wondrous—world, an exotic dancer builds her own cage, a wife tends a secret basement menagerie, a fishmonger’s daughter befriends a tulip bulb, and sisters explore cycles of love and violence by reenacting scenes from Star Wars.

Enthralling, subtle, and poetic, this collection takes readers back to the age-old pleasures of classic fairy tales and makes them new. Their haunting lessons are an evocative reminder that cracking open the door to the imagination is no mere child’s play, that delight and tragedy lurk in every corner, and that we all “have the key to the library . . . only be careful what you read.”

And here’s the blurbage:

“Each of these spare and elegant tales rings like a bell in your head. memorable, original, and not much like anything you’ve read.”—Karen Joy Fowler

Horse, Flower, Bird rests uneasily between the intersection of fantasy and reality, dreaming and wakefulness, and the sacred and profane. Like a series of beautiful but troubling dreams, this book will linger long in the memory. Kate Bernheimer is reinventing the fairy tale.”—Peter Buck, R.E.M.

“My admiration for [Bernheimer’s] talent as a writer, and the dazzling use to which she puts it, is of the highest order.”—Kathryn Davis

“Bernheimer’s fiction offers a unique and delicate gift, the tempting mirage of a grace that constantly escapes.”—Lydia Millet

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait . . .

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