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The Seep - by Chana Porter (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 216

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Soho Press

Book theme: General

Author: Chana Porter

Language: English

Street Date: January 21, 2020
TCIN: 76510369
UPC: 9781641290869
Item Number (DPCI): 248-71-6597


Praise for The Seep

"A unique alien invasion story that focuses on the human and the myriad ways we see and don't see our own world. Mesmerizing."
--Jeff VanderMeer, award-winning author of Dead Astronauts and the Borne trilogy

"The standard canard is that utopian settings are boring, monolithic, didactic, and make for bad fiction. How lucky we are to have Chana Porter to blow such nonsense out of the water with this moving and beautiful book."
--China Mi�ville

"The psychedelics are coming! The psychedelics are coming! What if becoming one with the universe was as easy as drinking punch at a party? It turns out that after enlightenment, we still squabble with our partners, worry about fashion choices, and drink too much booze. A great speculative work combining first contact tropes, techno-utopian fantasy, gender theory, and ayahuasca fan fiction, Chana Porter's The Seep imagines a brave newer world by rewriting the question of the ancients: If all things return to the one, where does the one return to? Porter's dazzling trick answer updates Zhaozhou's: the bar."
--Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs

"With its wonderfully fraught utopia, the likes of which you have never seen before, The Seep defies not only the recent glut of dystopias, but the long-accepted categories of fiction. An entire universe gets packed into a slim page-turner, in which the search for meaning carries on even after our greatest desires are met."
--Robert Repino, author of the War with No Name novels

"In a time of dreary dystopias, Chana Porter's The Seep is that rarest of books: a genuine utopian hope of salvation. While the novel accomplishes this through an alien intervention, its message is not simply one of blind optimism, but a complex portrait of people struggling with change, fear, and ultimately hope. Porter shows us that the end of the world is easy. The beginning of the world is the real challenge."
--Rachel Pollack, award-winning author of Godmother Night

"In Porter's surreal, introspective debut, a benevolent alien invasion leads humanity into a utopia, exploring themes of grief and discontentment within a seemingly perfect world . . . Readers will delight in the eerie disquietude and optimism of this well-calibrated what-if."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"This surreal debut takes on themes of utopia, identity, love, and loss, while readers are pulled into a full experience through Porter's fluid prose. This unusual story will linger long past the last page."
--Library Journal, Starred Review

"A unique take on an alien invasion. The Seep makes everything better, but does it? The Seep helps you see the inner-connectivity of all life, but at what cost? What happens to your individuality and free will in a world where there is no conflict? A great book about how we define ourselves and our humanity."
--James Wilson, Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA)

"What I love most about The Seep is that it's two parts questions to one part answers. It does a great job of clearing up certain gray areas, and it actually gives some answers to the hard questions it asks--but it also leaves area for speculation and thought. The Seep will leave you begging for more, and I can't wait to see what Chana Porter whips up next."
--Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books (Punta Gorda, FL)

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