Book Giveaway: 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus
Okay, by a show of hands, who here likes books? How about free books? Because the fine folks at Knopf have given us two copies of the latest from Ben Marcus (Notable American Women, The Father Costume, The Age of Wire and String), and we're gonna give them to you.
This is a good one, people. It's called The Flame Alphabet, and is a kinda-sorta post apocalyptic horror novel about the killing power of language. It's part Ballard, part Cronenberg, and is steeped in mystic Judaism. I just finished the book and really enjoyed it. From the dust jacket:
A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. All Sam and Claire need to do is look around the neighborhood: In the park, parents wither beneath the powerful screams of their children. At night, suburban side streets become routes of shameful escape for fathers trying to get outside the radius of affliction.
With Claire nearing collapse, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther, who laughs at her parents’ sickness, unaware that in just a few years she, too, will be susceptible to the language toxicity. But Sam and Claire find it isn’t so easy to leave the daughter they still love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a world beyond recognition.
The Flame Alphabet invites the question: What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love?
Want one? All you have to do to is tell me why I should give it to you in the comments below. Only one comment per person, and you MUST have a registered account with an avatar. Sorry, no staff participation. Also, no unrelated comments, please. The two that tickle my fickle fancy most get a copy of the book. You have until the end of the day on Tuesday. Have at you!
The Flame Alphabet comes out Tuesday, January 17th, from Knopf.
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