Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.
Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. Daniel Handler will be in the store on March 15th to discuss the new book by Paul La Farge. More info here.
Praise for Rachel Ingalls
So deft and austere in its prose, so drolly casual in its fantasy… – John Updike
Shortly after beginning each of the novellas in this remarkable collection, I was seized with a haunting conviction that I was reading works I would not easily forget. – Joseph Heller
Rachel Ingalls ‘ elegantly written tales mix reality and fantasy in surprising ways, casting a dark light on the conventions of our lives, our ideas about marriage, youth and age... she deserves to be as well-known in America as she is in England.” --Alison Laurie
About Three Masquerades
"I See a Long Journey" and "On Ice," novellas that Mr. Handler considers basically perfect, originally appeared with a third, "Blessed Art Though," a story that he considers to be in an entirely different tone. He felt that "Friends in the Country" from Ms. Ingalls later collection, "The End of a Tragedy," was a more natural companion to the two earlier works. The author happily agreed.
"I See a Long Journey" introduces us to Flora who is induced by her husband, James, to take a vacation only because his chauffeur Michael, custodian of their persons and their purse, will accompany them. Things, as they so often do in Ingalls world, will go appalling awry. "Friends in the Country" wherein a young couple drive outside of London for a Friday dinner and find themselves trapped for the weekend in a manner that surpasses Stephen King, if not in outright horror then certainly in subtlety and suggestiveness. "On Ice" finds Beverley with her fiance at an elegant hotel where she is introduced to a grande dame whose funeral Beverley's convinced she had witnessed 10 years before.
The fiction of Rachel Ingalls has haunted me for years. The plots are dramatic, even exaggerated, but the books are quiet and short. The language is plain but curious. I've gathered here three works of hers. Two of these are frightening and one less so, although I sometimes change my mind about which one that is. --from the Introduction by Daniel Handler
A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay.
Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he'd like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter.
I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.