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The Palace of Illusions

(2014)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In her new collection, gifted poet and novelist Kim Addonizio uses her literary powers to bring to life a variety of settings, all connected through the suggestion that things in the known world are not what they seem.

In "Beautiful Lady of the Snow," young Annabelle turns to a host of family pets to combat the alienation she feels caught between her distracted mother and ailing grandfather; in "Night Owls," a young college student's crush on her acting partner is complicated by the bloodlust of being half-vampire; in "Cancer Poems," a dying woman turns to a poetry workshop to make sense of her terminal diagnosis and final days; in "Intuition," a young girl's sexual forays bring her closer to her best friend's father; and in the collection's title story, a photographer looks back to his youth spent as a young illusionist under the big tent and his obsessive affair with the carnival owner's wife.

The stories in this collection have appeared in journals ranging from Narrative Magazine to The Fairy Tale Review, and include the much loved "Ever After," which was featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts."

Distracted parents, first love, the twin forces of alienation and isolation: the characters in The Palace of Illusions all must contend with these challenges, trafficking in the fault lines between the real and the imaginary, often in a world not of their making.

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Hardback Editions

September 2014 : USA Hardback

Title: The Palace of Illusions: Stories
Author(s): Kim Addonizio
ISBN: 1-61902-419-5 / 978-1-61902-419-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Pr
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Palace of Illusions: Stories
Author(s): Kim Addonizio
ISBN: 1-59376-542-8 / 978-1-59376-542-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Palace of Illusions: Stories
Author(s): Kim Addonizio
ISBN: 1-59376-625-4 / 978-1-59376-625-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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August 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Palace of Illusions: Stories
Author(s): Kim Addonizio
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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