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A Child Across the Sky

(1989)
(The third book in the Rondua series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
World Fantasy Best Novel (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
Just as the the word ''weird'' has many implications and shades of meaning, so too does the latest--weird--work by this gifted and perplexing writer. As Carroll ( Bones of the Moon ; Sleeping in Flame ) himself says, ''Life has a habit of turning dark corners.'' Applied here, this observation seems an understatement: these convoluted corners are both light and dark, are many, varied and constantly challenging. Flashing back and forth in time, the story concerns the apparent suicide of filmmaker Philip Strayhorn, whose bizarre Midnight series has attained cult status. Strayhorn's best friend, Weber Gregston, a filmmaker with a more intellectual bent, is drawn into a dizzying series of events by a videotape that Philip leaves him. The wickedly imaginative twists and turns that follow are only one facet of this intriguing tale, which seems at times like a framework on which to hang a myriad of metaphysical notions. What, for instance, is one to make of a tattoo of a crow that comes alive in an airplane lavatory? Carroll's style is elegant; his writing is by turns disturbing, fey, sardonic, grim--frequently within a single paragraph. The unexpected lies at the heart of this novel, and readers seeking a provocative and stimulating--though not always easy--read will be rewarded.

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"The shivering razor-edge of the fantastic...Carroll in his prime." - John Clute


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Hardback Editions

July 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
ISBN: 0-385-26535-2 / 978-0-385-26535-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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September 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
ISBN: 0-7126-2588-7 / 978-0-7126-2588-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Legend
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August 1989 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
ISBN: 0-7126-3544-0 / 978-0-7126-3544-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Legend
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Paperback Editions

July 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
ISBN: 0-09-970950-3 / 978-0-09-970950-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Legend paperbacks
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September 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
ISBN: 0-7126-3441-X / 978-0-7126-3441-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Legend
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Audio Editions

February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


February 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Child Across the Sky
Author(s): Jonathan Carroll
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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