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Triptych

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Description

Part District 9, part Lost in Translation, part Stranger in a Strange Land.

TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards and named one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of the Year.

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Kalp is a widower, burdened with an unimaginable grief, who escaped his dying world with nothing but his own life and a half-finished toy for a child that will now never be born.

Gwen is a language expert covertly recruited for a United Nations initiative to integrate a ship-full of alien refugees into life on earth. She becomes Kalp's teammate and lifeline.

Basil is the engineer who lives with, and loves them, both. But he has no idea how to defend his new relationship against the ire and condemnation of a violently intolerant world.

TRIPTYCH is a poignant, character-driven science-fiction story about tolerance, love, loss, and the desperate attempt to find connection in a world that no longer makes sense.

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"I couldn't put it down. It's a very impressive first novel and if Ms. Frey continues to do with science fiction what she's done in this book she might single-handedly be credited with reviving the entire genre. Bravo! Encore, encore!"
-Todd McCaffrey, The Dragonriders of Pern
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Product details

  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 19mm | 354g
  • English
  • Author's Cut ed.
  • 177534021X
  • 9781775340218
  • 3,598,908

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"Time travel, aliens, and the politics of sexuality combine with tragic violence in Frey's deeply satisfying debut . . . The story is so well-grounded in the characters that it never once loses its course. Frey tells the story from varying points of view in distinct voices, imagining a world at once completely alien and utterly human."
-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A stirring adventure, as well as a tender love story, from a first time author who truly embraces the limitless possibilities the future may bring. JM Frey's Triptych satisfies any sci-fi reader looking for a different take on the first contact motif, or anyone looking to explore the possible evolution of human sexuality and love."
-Lambda Literary

"I was afraid we'd be left with a lot of technical asides and scientific musings to explore the aliens. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of being cold and clinical, the approach here is warm and human. I won't spoil any of what happens between them, but I will say I shed tears of joy and tears of sorrow for this unusual family, and that's an accomplishment few authors can claim. Not only is this a wonderful story, but it's a wonderfully told story."
-Sally Sapphire, Bending the Bookshelf

"The big mindblowing debut I've seen this year has been J.M. Frey's Triptych, and it's from such a small press that I doubt it will get the attention it deserves."
-Rose Fox, Genreville blog

"I finished Triptych in one go last night, couldn't put it down even. It's a very impressive first novel and if Ms. Frey continues to do with science fiction what she's done in this book she might single-handedly be credited with reviving the entire genre. Bravo! Encore, encore!"
--Todd McCaffrey, The Dragonriders of Pern series

"A brilliantly challenging piece of pure Science Fiction."
-Dr. Mike Perschon, The Steampunk Scholar

"J.M. Frey's ability to draw one into her story is irrefutable. I am impressed by the strength of her plot and the way her characters come to life."
-Jillian Boheme, Gathering Storm

"Just finished it. Miss it already. Write another! It was unput-downable!"
-Jill Golick, Ruby Skye, P.I. and president of the Writers Guild of Canada

"In Triptych, J.M. Frey takes a global first-contact story into microcosm as compelling domestic drama. She inhabits the alien, not as invader, or ambassador, but in a refreshing take as awkward, down-on-his-luck houseguest. Her characterizations include great sensitivity, nuance and imaginative detail. On top of all this, she successfully sets up a conspiracy that jumps through time for its payoff. Frey is a talent to watch."
-Laurie Channer, Godblog

TRIPTYCH "really works the emotional states of the characters and the readers simultaneously. For me, a book that can evoke so many feelings in me is perfection . . . I love how sex, sexuality, gender, identity, prejudice and love intermix in such mind blowing ways."
-Doctor Jennifer Brayton, Associate Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University
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Rating details

245 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 27% (66)
4 38% (92)
3 24% (59)
2 6% (14)
1 6% (14)
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