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The Color Of Evil: 'Milky' White

Penguin Books

About the Book:

In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly Native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances–until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town, and it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is atmospheric and evocative, a broken world rendered with grit and poetry in equal measure.

The music in this program was written and performed by John Floridis.

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From Booklist:  *Starred Review* In mesmerizing prose, debut novelist Harun spins a chilling tale shot through with both aching realism and age-old folktales, melding them together to capture a landscape lush with possibility and imagination and terrifying in its vast emptiness. --Sarah Hunter

Adrianne Harun
Adrianne Harun

Adrianne Harun's short fiction, essays, and book reviews have been published in numerous magazines and journals, including Story , the Chicago Tribune (as a Nelson Algren winner), Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, The Sun, Willow Springs, and Colorado Review . Her first short story collection, The King of Limbo (Houghton Mifflin) was a Sewanee Writing Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist. Stories from an upcoming collection have been noted as "Distinguished Stories" in both Best American Mystery Stories (2003) and Best American Short Stories (2009). Her work has also been included in several anthologies, including "The Darger Episodes," inspired by the work of outsider artist Henry Darger, which appeared in Looking Together: Northwest Writers on Art, published by the University of Washington Press in conjunction with the Frye Art Museum. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Penguin) is her first novel.

A longtime resident of Port Townsend, Washington, where she and her husband, Alistair Scovil, run a garage called Motorsport, Adrianne has also worked as an editor, with projects ranging from literary fiction to computer language textbooks and topics in alternative medicine. And she is a member of the core faculty  of the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a faculty member at the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South.

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