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In this stunning, Lambda Literary Award- and Nebula Award-winner, Nicola Griffith chronicles the journey of Lore van de Oest, who, shortly before her eighteenth birthday, is kidnapped, abused and left for dead on the streets of an unnamed European city. There she meets Spanner, a woman who both protects and manipulates her. Now Lore must sort through the horrors of her past and present to unravel the mystery of who she once was - and who she will become...'Thrilling' - Washington Post 'A paean to the human spirit' - Seattle Times
Nicola Griffithis a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women s self-defense, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing and moving to the United States. Her immigration case was a fight and ended up making new law: the State Department declared it to be in the National Interest for her to live and work in this country. This didn t thrill the more conservative powerbrokers, and she ended up on the front page of TheWall Street Journal, where her case was used as an example of the country s declining moral standards. In 1993 a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slowed her down a bit, and she concentrated on writing: Ammonite(1993), Slow River(1995), The Blue Place (1998), Stay(2002), Always(2007), and Hild (2013). Griffith is the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original short fiction. Her multimedia memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer s Early Life, is a limited collector s edition. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in an assortment of academic texts and a variety of journals, includingNature, New Scientist, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Out. She s won the Washington State Book Award, the Tiptree, Nebula, the World Fantasy Award, the Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award (six times), among many others. Now a dual U.S./U.K. citizen, Nicola Griffith is married to writer Kelley Eskridge. They live in Seattle, where Griffith is currently lost in the seventh century, emerging occasionally to drink just the right amount of beerand take enormous delight in everything. From the Hardcover edition.