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Duplex

A Novel
Kathryn Davis
“A coming-of-age-meets-dystopian-fantasy-meets-alternate-reality novel, or maybe an Ionesco-meets-Beckett-meets-Oulipo novel. . . . The world [Duplex] describes has gone cuckoo while its characters’ anxieties remain stubbornly, drably, daringly familiar.”—Tom Bissell, Harper’s Magazine
 
“Enchanting. . . . Hums beautifully to its own rhythm. It’s a series of dreamlike, often erotic, images and interconnected plot lines that . . . swell to create an intoxicating atmosphere.”—Slate
 
“For fans of the fantastical, Davis’ writing style is a glass of ice cold water in today’s desert of conventional fiction.”—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

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ISBN
978-1-55597-691-0
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
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Pages
208
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
“Utterly compelling. . . . Davis writes with a stunning brilliance, creating fractured worlds that are both extraordinary and routine.”—The Boston Globe

About the Author

Kathryn  Davis
Credit: Emma Dodge Hanson
Kathryn Davis is the author of seven previous novels, the most recent of which are Duplex and The Thin Place. She is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of the writing program at Washington University.
 
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Praise

  • “Reading this book is a blast. Duplex is a traditional love story tucked inside an adult fairy tale, wrapped in science fiction. . . . I wouldn't take back one minute of reading.”—NPR, “All Things Considered”
     
  • “The point of most speculative fiction is to create a world that elevates contemporary social anxieties to the level of nightmare. Duplex does something else. The world it describes has gone cuckoo while its characters’ anxieties remain stubbornly, drably, daringly familiar.”Harper’s Magazine
  • “Davis exploits the no-man’s land between the strange-but-real and the truly bizarre in sentences and paragraphs so striking they deserve to be memorized. . . . [Duplex] hums with hot blue electricity.”San Francisco Chronicle
  • Duplex is utterly compelling and hard to put down. . . . [Davis] writes with a stunning brilliance, creating fractured worlds that are both extraordinary and routine. . . . Unforgettable.”The Boston Globe
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