Fell Of Dark

Fell Of Dark

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A book that challenges the word "powerful" and obliterates it. Written in searing prose, this is the story of two mentally ill boys, Erik, who believes he's a saint, and Thorn, who believes he's a demon. The book chronicles their lives as their minds devolve into hallucinations and shows the way their worlds intersect, culminating in a final stand-off in a school playground, where one boy has brought an automatic weapon and is intent on killing the children in the school, and the other vows to stop him, even if it means sacrificing himself.
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Product details

  • Board book | 208 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Philomel Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0399172904
  • 9780399172908
  • 1,478,301

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Praise for FELL OF DARK: * "Downes brilliantly plays with language and metaphor, and explores the dualities of sanity/insanity, beauty/ugliness, voice/voicelessness in a chilling echo of real incidents of school violence. A stunning debut novel that offers sophisticated readers a glimpse into the psychological disintegration of two distinct characters."--Kirkus Reviews*STARRED* * "For many readers, this will be an impersonal but impressive work of literary art. But for some, serendipity will strike, whether in an image or in a confused, despairing reaction to an incomprehensible world, and Downes s vision will connect into an epiphany."--Publishers Weekly*STARRED* * "Readers willing to sink into the depths of two unstrung teens and their frantic individual struggles to understand the cruelties and redemptions of the universe will be rewarded by this disarming, thought-provoking, and entrancing story."--Booklist *STARRED* "Readers who are up for a literary challenge will find this dual narrative provocative, beautiful, and deeply sad."--BCCB Here is a book built of darkness and gleam, of raw emotion and shattering poetry, of harrowing compulsions and zero compromise. Patrick Downes possesses blazing, beautiful, terrifying talent. His characters walk the shadows. His language bursts like sky. Beth Kephart, National Book Award nominee Luminous and pure. A masterwork of astonishing authority and beauty. Julie Berry, author of All the Truth That s In Me" Praise for FELL OF DARK: * "Downes brilliantly plays with language and metaphor, and explores the dualities of sanity/insanity, beauty/ugliness, voice/voicelessness in a chilling echo of real incidents of school violence. A stunning debut novel that offers sophisticated readers a glimpse into the psychological disintegration of two distinct characters."--"Kirkus Reviews"*STARRED* * "For many readers, this will be an impersonal but impressive work of literary art. But for some, serendipity will strike, whether in an image or in a confused, despairing reaction to an incomprehensible world, and Downes s vision will connect into an epiphany."--"Publishers Weekly"*STARRED* * "Readers willing to sink into the depths of two unstrung teens and their frantic individual struggles to understand the cruelties and redemptions of the universe will be rewarded by this disarming, thought-provoking, and entrancing story."--"Booklist "*STARRED* "Readers who are up for a literary challenge will find this dual narrative provocative, beautiful, and deeply sad."--"BCCB" Here is a book built of darkness and gleam, of raw emotion and shattering poetry, of harrowing compulsions and zero compromise. Patrick Downes possesses blazing, beautiful, terrifying talent. His characters walk the shadows. His language bursts like sky. Beth Kephart, National Book Award nominee Luminous and pure. A masterwork of astonishing authority and beauty. Julie Berry, author of "All the Truth That s In Me"" Advance praise for FELL OF DARK: * "Downes brilliantly plays with language and metaphor, and explores the dualities of sanity/insanity, beauty/ugliness, voice/voicelessness in a chilling echo of real incidents of school violence. A stunning debut novel that offers sophisticated readers a glimpse into the psychological disintegration of two distinct characters."--"Kirkus Reviews"*STARRED* * "For many readers, this will be an impersonal but impressive work of literary art. But for some, serendipity will strike, whether in an image or in a confused, despairing reaction to an incomprehensible world, and Downes s vision will connect into an epiphany."--"Publishers Weekly"*STARRED* * "Readers willing to sink into the depths of two unstrung teens and their frantic individual struggles to understand the cruelties and redemptions of the universe will be rewarded by this disarming, thought-provoking, and entrancing story."--"Booklist "*STARRED* Here is a book built of darkness and gleam, of raw emotion and shattering poetry, of harrowing compulsions and zero compromise. Patrick Downes possesses blazing, beautiful, terrifying talent. His characters walk the shadows. His language bursts like sky. Beth Kephart, National Book Award nominee Luminous and pure. A masterwork of astonishing authority and beauty. Julie Berry, author of "All the Truth That s In Me"" Advance praise for FELL OF DARK: "Downes brilliantly plays with language and metaphor, and explores the dualities of sanity/insanity, beauty/ugliness, voice/voicelessness in a chilling echo of real incidents of school violence. A stunning debut novel that offers sophisticated readers a glimpse into the psychological disintegration of two distinct characters."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Here is a book built of darkness and gleam, of raw emotion and shattering poetry, of harrowing compulsions and zero compromise. Patrick Downes possesses blazing, beautiful, terrifying talent. His characters walk the shadows. His language bursts like sky."--Beth Kephart, National Book Award nominee "Luminous and pure. A masterwork of astonishing authority and beauty."--Julie Berry, author of "All the Truth That's In Me" Advance praise for FELL OF DARK: "Here is a book built of darkness and gleam, of raw emotion and shattering poetry, of harrowing compulsions and zero compromise. Patrick Downes possesses blazing, beautiful, terrifying talent. His characters walk the shadows. His language bursts like sky."--Beth Kephart, National Book Award nominee "Luminous and pure. A masterwork of astonishing authority and beauty."--Julie Berry, author of "All the Truth That's In Me"
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About Jeff Mack

Patrick Downes was raised in New York City and now splits his time between the United States and Canada. This is his first novel.
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Rating details

243 ratings
3.19 out of 5 stars
5 16% (38)
4 26% (63)
3 29% (71)
2 21% (51)
1 8% (20)
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