A Cabinet of Curiosity

A Cabinet of Curiosity

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, Diane Ackerman, and more explore the double-edged sword of curiosity . . . Curiosity is as central to life as breathing. And like breath itself, when it ceases, the vibrancy of life fades and disappears. Curiosity leads to discoveries both beneficent and, at times, destructive. It often occasions wonderment, but also terror. It prompts the precise scientist, but also the nosy gadfly. A double-edged sword, curiosity has forever held a crucial role in myth, literature, science, philosophy, history—nearly every field of human endeavor. While most of us know the old saying about curiosity killing the cat, we must also remember that "satisfaction brought it back." Curiosity incites and compels, taketh away and giveth. In this issue, curiosity impels a personal assistant to learn hidden truths about her deceased employer—a famed playwright—and his relationship with the woman who directs an Italian arts...
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The Forger's Daughter

The Forger's Daughter

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

When a scream shatters the summer night outside their country house in the Hudson Valley, reformed literary forger Will and his wife Meghan find their daughter Maisie shaken and bloodied, holding a parcel her attacker demanded she present to her father. Inside is a literary rarity the likes of which few have ever handled, and a letter laying out impossible demands regarding its future. After twenty years of living life on the straight and narrow, Will finds himself drawn back to forgery, ensnared in a plot to counterfeit the rarest book in American literature: Edgar Allan Poe's first, Tamerlane, of which only a dozen copies are known to have survived. Until now. Facing threats to his life and family, coerced by his former nemesis and fellow forger Henry Slader, Will must rely on the artistic skills of his older daughter Nicole to help create a flawless forgery of this stolen Tamerlane, the Holy Grail of American letters. Part mystery,...
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Speaking Volumes

Speaking Volumes

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

Writing about writing itself and about the books that are home to the written word. A library of ideas about language and the book in all their forms, Speaking Volumes collects poetry, fiction, and narrative nonfiction on historic, forbidden, repurposed, mistranslated, imaginary, lost, and life-changing books—books of every ilk.
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New Wave Fabulists

New Wave Fabulists

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

Over the past three decades, the most adventurous practitioners of the literary arts of science fiction, fantasy, and horror have been transforming those genres into something all but unrecognizable. In Conjunctions' game-changing New Wave Fabulists issue, guest editor Peter Straub has put together an anthology of innovative literary reinventions of traditional \u201cpulp\u201d forms. Contributors range from Jonathan Lethem to Neil Gaiman, from John Crowley to Kelly Link, from Elizabeth Hand to China Mi\u00e9ville. Gary K. Wolfe and John Clute contribute essays on the ongoing evolution of genre, while the brilliant cartoonist Gahan Wilson has created the cover and original frontispieces for each story.
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Ariel's Crossing

Ariel's Crossing

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

Ariel Rankin seeks to locate and save her unknown father—a man deeply scarred by his secret and brutal role in the history of his country In the sequel to Bradford Morrow's heralded Trinity Fields,young New Yorker Ariel Rankin learns that her birth father is not the man who raised her but rather a soldier named Kip Calder who disappeared into the jungles of Laos during the Vietnam War. Hoping to preserve her otherwise happy life, she pushes the revelation out of her mind. But when Ariel finds herself confronting motherhood, she decides to pursue the parent she never knew—a dying man burdened by some of his country's most terrible secrets, who has returned home to New Mexico in search of redemption. Her quest will take her from the holy village of Chimayo to the highly restricted, pitiless deserts of the White Sands Proving Grounds as she goes straight to the heart of the American experience. Evoking the rugged beauty of the New Mexican landscape, Ariel's Crossing...
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Fifty Contemporary Writers

Fifty Contemporary Writers

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

Conjunctions' milestone fiftieth issue gathers together the many voices, forms, and styles that have defined the legendary literary journal since it was launched by Bradford Morrow in 1981. Established masters like William H. Gass, John Ashbery, Richard Powers, Edwidge Danticat, Rae Armantrout, Robert Coover, and Lyn Hejinian join rising stars such as Ben Marcus, Paul La Farge, Edie Meidav, and Peter Orner to create a landmark compendium of stunning new work. This very special anniversary celebration showcases fifty of our foremost fiction writers and poets.
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Giovanni's Gift

Giovanni's Gift

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

An architect and his wife live in seeming harmony with their pristine western surroundings—until a friend's hidden past unleashes a host of evils When Grant's marriage begins to fall apart, he reflects upon the perfect lives of his uncle Henry and aunt Edm\u00e9, self-sufficient intellectuals who live blissfully together in a home built by Henry in the high Rocky Mountains. But when Henry and Edm\u00e9 tell Grant of the terrible nighttime incidents that occurred on their property and culminated in the gruesome murder of one of their close friends, Grant moves in with them to help save an ideal he holds dear. Giovanni's Gift is a modern reinvention of the myth of Pandora's box, and a harrowing meditation on the allure of the American landscape—and the menace that lurks beneath the beauty of its surfaces.
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Come Sunday

Come Sunday

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

A densely layered journey into the dark heart of the American Dream that spans continents and centuries In Bradford Morrow's debut novel, lightning-tongued mercenary Peter Krieger travels to Nicaragua to kidnap a man who may be a 480-year-old former conquistador—and therefore could hold the secret to immortality. When Krieger attempts to sell his captive to a reclusive scientist in upstate New York, he sets off on a globe-spanning expedition, in which he encounters an enormous cast of idealists, crackpots, and revolutionaries. And his one-time lover, Hannah Burden, who raises cattle in an illegal loft ranch in Manhattan, still stands between him and his nefarious, astonishing ambitions. A rousingly hilarious, yet tragic epic about the dark side of the American Dream, Come Sunday is fueled by Morrow's captivating style, breadth of reference, and depth of insight, and spins old myths of the New World into unexpected and haunting forms.
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Other Aliens

Other Aliens

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

New writings on our fear of—and fascination with—the "other" from Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Straub, Kelly Link, Jeffrey Ford, and more.Alien is a powerful and flexible word. Aliens are "other." Aliens are the stuff of science fiction and fantasy. Aliens are traditional literary figures that cause us to see ourselves anew. Indeed, when we witness our "normal" lives through these strangers' eyes, we become the unfamiliar ones.Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens collects works of speculative and literary science fiction: innovative short stories, poetry, interviews, letters, and essays that explore the vast precincts of unfamiliarity, keen difference, weirdness, and not belonging.This provocative issue includes contributions from an all-star lineup, including Leena Krohn, Jeffrey Ford, Julia Elliott, John Crowley, Laura Sims, Valerie Martin, Lavie Tidhar, Samuel R. Delany, Matthew Baker, Paul Park, James Tiptree Jr., Michael Parrish...
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The Almanac Branch

The Almanac Branch

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

A brilliant allegory that traces the life of a young woman whose sanity teeters on the edge as she tries to hold together her troubled family Since childhood, Grace Brush has suffered episodic migraines. With them come hallucinatory visions, which reveal buried memories, leading her inexorably on the path to discovering secrets that could send her family's business empire into ruin. Among the many branches in this provocative novel are the limb of a tree outside Grace's window where the ghost of her dead brother, Desmond, lives, and the corrupt branch of a dummy corporation at the heart of her father's vast conglomerate. As Grace grows into adulthood, her quest for personal freedom collides with the mysteries of her past, making of her story an almanac of the perplexing nature of truth itself. In The Almanac Branch, Bradford Morrow maps the geography of a family's tragedy and one woman's redemption with astounding psychological insight, grace, and nuance.
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Trinity Fields

Trinity Fields

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

Two Los Alamos boys forge a friendship in the shadow of their parents' history-changing work developing nuclear weapons In many ways, Los Alamos is an ideal place for best friends Brice McCarthy and Kip Calder to grow up. There's wilderness to explore; brilliant and fascinating people, including their own parents and neighbors; and a booming wartime economy. Still, the town was built for one purpose: to manufacture a weapon capable of total annihilation. As the two boys grow and the United States enters the Vietnam War, the psychic fallout of their parents' deeds pushes Brice and Kip toward opposite sides in the conflict—one, a soldier; the other, an antiwar activist—even as they come to love the same woman. Trinity Fields is a sweeping saga of American life in the atomic age that brilliantly illuminates the soul of a nation.
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The Nature of My Inheritance

The Nature of My Inheritance

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

When his father passes away in the prime of his life, Liam Everett knows something foul is afoot. The reverend’s slip down the basement staircase of the church was deemed an accident, but the man knew those steps better than the back of his hand, and his son is sure he would never have been so careless and clumsy. But with everyone happy to accept Reverend Everett’s death as a mishap, Liam is left to find solace through the legacy his father left behind: sixty-three antique bibles. However, it seems there was more to the reverend in life—and death—than there appeared to be. Soon Liam is surrounded by a collection of priceless books larger than he could ever have imagined, and the more he reads, the more shady characters he finds at his door. . . . **
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Menagerie

Menagerie

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

Conjunctions: 61, A Menagerie gathers essays, fiction, and poetry that imagine the world of our fellow beings, animals. Cultural mythologies and pantheons are populated with snakes, monkeys, cats, jackals, whales: a cast of characters whose stories reveal how complex and wildly contradictory our species' relationship with other animals is. They're friends, enemies, tools, food. Descartes deliberated about whether animals have souls, deciding they didn't. Linnaeus cataloged them. Darwin connected us to them. Wild or tame, sinless or soulless, the animal is a chimera of shifting identities, both mundane and mysterious. Featuring interviews with William S. Burroughs and Temple Grandin, essays by animal experimenters Vint Virga and Dale Peterson, fiction by Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates, and work by many others, this collection of imaginative new writing offers uncaged access to the lives of the nonhuman creatures that surround us.
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Fall of the Birds

Fall of the Birds

Bradford Morrow

Bradford Morrow

A new novella  by acclaimed author Bradford Morrow about a man who tracks an inexplicable plague of bird deaths, and the mystery's profound effect on his family Hundreds of red-winged blackbirds are discovered scattered, lifeless, around a greenhouse in Warwick, New York. Heaps of common grackles litter the fields of a farm upstate near Stone Ridge. And in Manhattan, a Washington Square restaurant is forced to close its doors when a flock of pigeons inexplicably dies on the sidewalks out front. From Pennsylvania to Maine, birds are falling from the sky en masse—and nobody can figure out why.   An insurance claims adjuster and avid birder is one of the first to recognize that something is wrong. His stepdaughter, Caitlin, has also noticed—their common interest in birds is one of the few things they share these days, since her mother died of cancer just six months ago. As they travel the Northeast together to investigate the ominous deaths, a bond forms that might...
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