October 30, 2015
Catherynne Valente, author of the beloved Fairyland books, has brings her new novel, Radiance, to Malaprop’s. The book is already receiving praise as a “strange and wonderful” work. Kirkus Reviews hails it as “a heady, strange, and beautifully written novel.” It’s the tale of a Severin Unck, a heroine from an alternate solar system who disappears after going to Venus to film a documentary about a vanished colony. Valente’s boundless imagination manifests itself through her lush writing as she takes us on a dizzying journey from Venus to a captivating Golden Age Hollywood. It’s a “celluloid fairy tale,” a meta-fictional tour-de-force of dreamlike power.