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Black Light: A Novel

Hand, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0061052663 / ISBN 13: 9780061052668
Published by Harper Prism, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1999
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stated first printing. Inscribed to another writer AND signed on title page. Very good plus with aging to paper. DJ likewise very good. 276 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 8533

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Title: Black Light: A Novel

Publisher: Harper Prism, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Synopsis:

When notorious Alex Kern returns home to quiet Kamensic Village and embarks on a series of frenzied parties and gala revels, teenager Lit Golding becomes caught in the middle of Kern's plans to be reborn as Dionysus, the ancient god of ecstasy and madness

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Although Charlotte Moylan thinks she lives a rather ordinary and oftentimes dull life, the reality is far different. Her father is best known as the famous TV personality Uncle Cosmo, and her mother is a 20-year veteran of the daytime drama Perilous Lives. They live in the New York community of Kamensic, an artistic enclave where the church is rarely used for religious ceremonies and where death is an "occupational hazard" for the young. The town is also home to Bolerium, a dark manor of indeterminate origin where the enigmatic and somewhat sinister film director Axel Kern lives when he's not making movies.

Axel is Charlotte's godfather, but he's one guardian who may not be looking out for her best interests. Aside from making questionable films, Axel is also in cahoots with the old gods, and is interested in bringing a couple of them along with him to Kamensic. This puts the town--and Charlotte--at the center of an age-old struggle between two Illuminati-style groups, the more-or-less benign Benandanti (seen in Hand's Tiptree Award-winning Waking the Moon) and their rivals, the Malandanti witches. As has become Hand's modus operandi, she tells this story with a luxurious prose that's at once beautiful and also somehow intellectually decadent. Although the book may be a bit slow-paced for some, those who enjoy a smart novel that's rich in style and substance won't want to miss it. --Craig E. Engler

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