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American Elsewhere

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American Elsewhere
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Some places are too good to be true.

Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map.

In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things.

After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different ...

From one of our most talented and original new literary voices comes the next great American supernatural novel: a work that explores the dark dimensions of the hometowns and the neighbors we thought we knew.

Baker & Taylor
An ex-cop inherits her mother's home in Wink, New Mexico, and discovers that the residents of the small, quiet town are even stranger than she had imagined in this new tale of the supernatural from the author of Mr. Shivers. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Hachette Book Group
Ex-cop Mona Bright has been living a hard couple of years on the road, but when her estranged father dies, she finds she's had a home all along: a little house her deceased mother once owned in Wink, New Mexico.

And though every map denies Wink exists, Mona finds they're wrong: not only is Wink real, it is the perfect American small town, somehow retaining all the Atomic Age optimism the rest of world has abandoned.

But the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people in Wink are very, very different - and what's more, Mona begins to recognize her own bond to this strange place, which feels more like home every day.

& Taylor

An ex-cop inherits her mother's home in Wink, New Mexico, and discovers that the residents of the small, quiet town are even stranger than she had imagined.

Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316200202
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI B
Characteristics: 681 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 24, 2014
  • gendeg rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

What Bennett does so well in American Elsewhere is offer a nostalgic slice of small town America, as wholesome as apple pie on the surface, with something rotting and dangerous underneath. He manipulates placid descriptions of people and places, nudging small details out of place, all seemingly innocuous at first, but the sum of the whole experience is goosebumps creepy. The first half is a slow burn. But in the second half Bennett starts accelerating the pace, throwing us plot twists that come faster and faster (and at times become more and more implausible), until I was no longer scared at night but more amused—and exhausted. Bennett doesn't let you rest until a monster showdown at the end.

American Elsewhere, for its sheer imagination and as a mashup of horror and science fiction, is a pretty compelling read, a page turner. I'm giving it 4 stars for the first half of the book and its buildup of creepy Americana and arresting images and scenes; 3 stars for the second half, when the horror show turns sharply into a Lovecraft-ian imitation.

Dec 22, 2013
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Typical Bennett -- complex, genre bending, dark, compelling. Mona Bright is a wonderful character.


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