"Bottle Grove" - with cover! (August 2019) Oct 15, 2017 16:32:23 GMT -5 Terry Craig, Comet, and 3 more like this
Post by Dante on Oct 15, 2017 16:32:23 GMT -5
In case you couldn't read the subject line, but clicked on this thread anyway, Daniel Handler's next novel will be
There is, however, a little more we can deduce about the original title. A couple of years ago, Daniel Handler indicated that his (or Snicket's) next work would have something to do with Pu Songling, the seventeenth/eighteenth-century Chinese writer, and as it happens, "Fox in the Bottle" is the title of one of the works in his Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio collection. It can reasonably be inferred that Handler's upcoming novel is inspired by or derived in some way from Songling's tale. I haven't been able to locate a copy myself, but searching around indicates that it concerns incorporeal fox spirits which possess people by day and reside inside bottles by night.
Edit: As pointed out farther on in the thread, the release date has been revised to March 5th, 2019.
Edit Again: Amazon.co.uk's listing has altered the book's title, from Fox in the Bottle to Bottle Grove.
Edit Once More: Steven Barclay Agency lists the title as Stern Grove, so honestly, who knows?
Edit Yet Again: Amazon.co.uk now opines a release date of 16th July, 2019.
Edit the Fifth: General revisions for recent updates.
Edit the Sixth: Added cover art.
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This is a story about two marriages. Or is it? It begins with a wedding, held in the small San Francisco forest of Bottle Grove--bestowed by a wealthy patron for the public good, back when people did such things. Here is a cross section of lives, a stretch of urban green where ritzy guests, lustful teenagers, drunken revelers, and forest creatures all wait for the sun to go down. The girl in the corner slugging vodka from a cough-syrup bottle is Padgett--shes keeping something secreted in the woods. The couple at the altar are the Nickels--the bride is emphatic about changing her name, as there is plenty about her old life she is ready to forget.
Set in San Francisco as the techboom is exploding, Bottle Grove is a sexy, skewering dark comedy about two unions--one forged of love and the other of greed--and about the forces that can drive couples together, into dependence, and then into sinister, even supernatural realms. Add one ominous shape-shifter to the mix, and you get a delightful and strange spectacle: a story of scheming and yearning and foibles and love and what we end up doing for it--and everyone has a secret. Looming over it all is the income disparity between San Francisco's tech community and . . . everyone else.