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A 19th-century minister builds an elaborate motor that will bring about the Second Coming. A man with rough hands locks a boy in a room with an albino ape. An apocalyptic army falls under a veil of forgetfulness. The story of Red Riding Hood is run through a potentially endless series of iterations. A father invents an elaborate, consuming game for his hospitalized son. Indexes, maps, a checkered shirt buried beneath a blanket of snow: they are scattered through these pages as clues to mysteries that may never be solved, lingering evidence of the violence and unknowability of the world.A Tree or a Person or a Wall brings together Bell's previously published shorter fiction (the story collection How They Were Foundand the acclaimed novella Cataclysm Baby), together with several new stories. This volume gives us Matt Bell at his most inventive and uncanny: parents and children, murderers and monsters, wild renditions of the past and acute takes on the present, all of which build to a virtuoso reimagining of the possibilities and perils of life.
Number of Pages: 388
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Matt Bell
Street Date: September 13, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-6023