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The Woman Who Married a Cloud by Jonathan Carroll

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  • ISBN: 978-1-59606-494-2
  • Length: 576 pages

“A gorgeous, frightening, imaginative, loving, unsettling, funny, thought provoking novel. It is a page-turner par excellence”

Stephen King on Bones of the Moon

“A fabulous leap from your world into one of transcendent wonder and horror”
Stanislaw Lem

Described by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post as “sexy, eery and addictive”, the fiction of Jonathan Carroll occurs at the point where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, the commonplace becomes unsettling, and yet where we nonetheless always recognize the stories being told because they are always about ourselves and what happens in our deepest, sometimes darkest hearts.

Always better known as a novelist—readers first experienced Carroll’s elegant, eloquent, wondrous, terrible and often surreal fiction in his classic debut The Land of Laughs, which he followed with Bones of the Moon, Sleeping in Flame, A Child Across the Sky, and others—Carroll has also created a compelling and deeply moving body of short fiction. Perhaps more eclectic and slant-wise than some of his novels, stories like World Fantasy Award winning “Friend’s Best Man” and Pushcart Prize and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire honouree “Home on the Rain” stand amongst his very best work.

The Woman Who Married a Cloud: Collected Stories is the best and most complete collection of Jonathan Carroll’s fiction ever published. It collects 37 stories written across a thirty year long career, a number appearing here in print for the first time, in a single landmark volume that stands as the perfect introduction to this unique and wonderful writer.

Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition

Table of Contents:

  • Mr. Fiddlehead
  • Uh-Oh City
  • Second Snow
  • The Fall Collection
  • Friend’s Best Man
  • The Sadness of Detail
  • Waiting to Wave
  • The Jane Fonda Room
  • A Quarter Past You
  • My Zoondel
  • Learning to Leave
  • The Panic Hand
  • A Bear in the Mouth
  • Postgraduate
  • Tired Angel
  • The Dead Love You
  • Florian
  • The Life of My Crime
  • A Wheel in the Desert, the Moon on Some Swings
  • A Flash in the Pants
  • Black Cocktail
  • Crimes of the Face
  • Fish in a Barrel
  • A Gravity Thief
  • The Great Walt of China
  • The Stolen Church
  • Alone Alarm
  • Asleep in Wolf’s Clothing
  • The Language of Heaven
  • The Heidelberg Cylinder
  • Elizabeth Thug
  • Home on the Rain
  • Vedran
  • Water Can’t Be Nervous
  • East of Furious
  • Nothing to Declare
  • The Woman Who Married a Cloud

From Locus:
“There are dogs and children and lost lovers populating these tales, to be sure, and there are fair doses of grief and sentiment in some of them, but mostly there are the lineaments of a vision so distinctive, and so morally grounded, that it hardly bears comparison with anything else in modern fiction at all.”

“In terms of themes and style, Carroll’s short stories are similar to his novels. The main difference is obviously a function of the difference in length: while it usually takes his novels a while to build up, the short stories go from common to cosmic surprisingly quickly. Expect a great many short stories that introduce a thoughtful, interesting protagonist whose life at some point suddenly intersects with (to use this word again) the transcendent: he or she discovers something about the true nature of the human soul, or love, or reality, or God.”