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The Thorn and the Blossom

A Two-Sided Love Story

by Theodora Goss, illustrated by Scott McKowen

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list price: $18.95
edition:Novelty book
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published: Jan 2012
ISBN:9781594745515
publisher: Quirk Books
Description

One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.

When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn’t know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn’t know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself . . .
The Thorn and the Blossom is a remarkable literary artifact: You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you’ll first read Brendan’s, or Evelyn’s account of the mysterious love affair. Choose a side, read it like a regular novel—and when you get to the end, you’ll find yourself at a whole new beginning.

About the Authors

Theodora Goss

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Scott McKowen

SCOTT MCKOWEN is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He works in scratchboard, an engraving medium in which white lines are carved into a black surface with a sharp blade. McKowen has illustrated a number of titles for a wide range of publishers. Based in Stratford, Ontario, he operates the design studio Punch & Judy Inc., which creates theatre posters and graphics for leading performance art companies across North America.

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Contributor Notes

Theodora Goss won the World Fantasy Award in 2008 for her short story “Singing of Mount Abora.” Her publications include the 2006 short-story collection In the Forest of Forgetting; Interfictions, a 2008 short-story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; and Voices from Fairyland, a 2008 poetry anthology featuring critical essays and a selection of her own poems. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, and Mythopoeic awards and has appeared on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Her work has repeatedly been showcased in “Year’s Best” anthologies. She lives in Boston, where she teaches literature and writing at Boston University.

Editorial Review

“It's a beautiful book, both inside and out, and truly a treasure on every appreciable level.”—Bookslut

“Double the love story, double the fun for fantasy readers.”—McClatchy Newspapers

“Goss has written some of the most remarkable short fantasy fiction of recent years.”—The Guardian (UK)
 
“Teens who enjoy a romantic tale will be enchanted by the clever packaging and the fanciful, touching story of young people thwarted in love.”—School Library Journal
 
“A book unlike any you've seen before.”—Westword

“Goss' appealing characters and modern magic atmosphere will continue to attract a following.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“Every page of The Thorn and the Blossom impressed me more and more until I finished and was just left with awe.”—Utopia State of Mind

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