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    DescriptionWINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda's Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure. "The Girl with Glass Feet "is a love story to treasure, "crafted with elegance and swept by passionate magic and the yearning for connection. A rare pleasure" (Katherine Dunn, author of "Geek Love").

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    The Girl with Glass Feet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ali Shaw
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 268 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312680459
    ISBN 10: 0312680457

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: FAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    DC21: 823.92
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FM
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FA
    B&T General Subject: 350
    Libri: I-FA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 66
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 823/.92
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    B&T Approval Code: P25205000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC009010
    LC classification: PR6119.H387 G57 2011
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC009000
    Picador USA
    Imprint name
    Picador USA
    Publication date
    01 April 2011
    Author Information
    Ali Shaw graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in English literature and has since worked as a bookseller and at Oxford's Bodleian Library. "The Girl with Glass Feet" is his first novel. Please visit his Web site at www.alishaw.co.uk.
    Review quote
    "Fantastically imagined.... The hybrid form of the book--fairy tale, myth, psychological realism and fantasy--impresses. But Shaw's most delightful offerings are the vivid details he provides to make the magical real.... As Ida turns to glass, Midas must continue his own transformation, from hardened to human. The end of the book, saturated with color and emotion, is risky and brave like the message it imparts. Only a heart of glass would be unmoved."--Robin Romm, "New York"" Times Book Review""Ali Shaw has created a memorable addition to [the] fabulist pantheon in his gorgeous first novel, "The Girl with Glass Feet."... Over the course of this eerie, bewitching novel, the mixture of love and grief and the imminence of death become as memorable as Ida's mysterious, dreadful transformation and Midas's more achingly human one ... Shaw acknowledges the influence of writers like Andersen, Kafka and Borges (Shaw's menagerie of perfectly detailed, marvelous creatures could have stepped from the pages of "The Book of Imaginary Beings"). But it's Andersen's melancholy tales, steeped in loss and a brooding sense of fatedness, that shimmer around the edges of "The Girl with Glass Feet." Every character in this novel yearns for a love that seems just out of reach: Midas's unhappy parents; Henry Fuwa; Carl Maulsen, who loved Ida's mother; Emiliana, the island woman who might have a cure for Ida's illness; Ida herself--all of them are bound by threads of betrayal and desire and hope, until Fate cuts those threads, calmly and without remorse."--Elizabeth Hand, "Washington"" Post"""The Girl with Glass Feet "is a love story, not just about two people falling in love, but also about love itself: its power, its limits, and its consequences.... Although Shaw's novel is set in the present, everything's turned askew, resulting in a world that is at once banal--the car won't start; the coffee's getting cold--and fantastical--glass feet; glass hearts. Shaw makes the crucial decis