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Town That Forgot How to Breathe Paperback – 22 August 2006

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  • Paperback : 471 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312424809
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312424800
  • Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.05 x 20.96 cm
  • Publisher : Picador USA; Reprint Edition (22 August 2006)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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"An eerie and gripping story, the work of an extravagantly haunted imagination." --J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize winning author of Disgrace

"[A] thoughtful, grounded piece of literary horror." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Haunting, poetic, funny, moving, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe takes on the big themes--the meaning of life, our relationship to the dead, man's place in the rapidly changing modern world--and carries everything off with a surging confidence that leaves the reader, well, breathless." --John Harding, Daily Mail (U.K.)

"Harvey brings uniquely imaginative storytelling skill to this wickedly allegorical tale. . . . It will frighten readers so much they may never turn out the lights." --BookPage

"Harvey's characters and their world--both the mystical and the real--are meticulously created. He moves between them in a way that creates dread and confusion, leaving readers on edge. . . . A fascinating, mystical story that will make readers hold their breath." --Detroit Free Press

"Both a contemporary and a historical novel, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a tour de force! It speaks of the sea: of those who are upon it, beside it, beneath it. Kenneth J. Harvey, a writer like no other, is as knowledgeable as he is adventurous. A very exceptional novel, extraordinary in its power." --Alistair MacLeod, author of No Great Mischief

"The quality of [Harvey's] storytelling and his way with an eerie instant are too good to miss." --The Times (London)

"Harvey has managed to come up with something fresh and original. . . . His voice and vision are unique and strong through his writing, and it's just the breath of fresh air needed in horror fiction today." --HorrorChannel.com

"A heartwarming romance . . . a creepy horror story . . . a subtly didactic political allegory . . . [and] a fascinating regional novel . . . Harvey is an author whose storytelling prowess can speak for itself." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Chilly as the touch of Corpse-Weed, and haunting as the trouble in Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot or H. P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror. Harvey delivers the horror goods." --The Believer

"Harvey's American debut is big in every way. . . . Mystical, complicated, and always compelling, this is a standout among fall fiction. . . . Highly recommended." --Library Journal

"A compelling tale that works on several levels--as a horror story, a warm father-daughter bonding story, and as a social commentary." --The Sacramento Bee

"A very creepy read; thoughtful and eerie at the same time." --The Arizona Republic

"Harvey's own tall tale is a richly ambiguous parable, not of the need to abandon technology in favor of 'the simple life, ' but of the need to restore myth and poetry to our lives." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Impressive . . . A truly strange and thoroughly entertaining page-turner, part fairy tale, part fable, part gothic thriller." --Irish Independent

From the Back Cover

Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed. Mythical creatures that formally existed only in mariner's dreams, are being pulled from the sea. Perfectly preserved corpses of villagers long ago lost at sea are being washed upon the shore. And residents of the town are suddenly suffering from a mysterious illness that is making them forget how to breathe.
Recent divorce Joseph Blackwood has returned to his hometown in hopes of reconnecting with his estranged daughter. But when the young girl begins having visions and conversing with the spirit of a neighbor's deceased child, he knows that his daughter is suffering from some supernatural affliction. Now, with the help of some colorful village residents, Joseph must unravel this paranormal mystery to save his only daughter.
Called the literary love child of Stephen King and Annie Proulx, "The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a page-turning gothic tale and a profound exploration of what it really means to live in the modern world.

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