Books by Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand grew up in Yonkers and later in Pound Ridge, New York. In 1975 she moved to Washington, D.C., to study playwriting at Catholic University. After seeing Patti Smith perform that autumn, Hand became involved in DC and NYC's nascent punk scene

HARD LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand
Released: April 19, 2016

"A must for fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike novels."
Hand explores the darker side of the human psyche in this gripping urban suspense novel, a sequel to Available Dark (2013).Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 2012

"An impressive blend of biography and magical realism. (author's notes; select bibliography) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A 20th-century teen artist and 19th-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud transcend time and place in this luminous paean to the transformative power of art. Read full book review >
AVAILABLE DARK by Elizabeth Hand
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Yet another author tries to capitalize on Stieg Larsson's Scandinavian success. But this entry from Hand (Illyria, 2010, etc.) reads more like a grotesque fairy tale gone wrong."
A moody loner heads to Helsinki and beyond, while murder and general creepiness follow. Read full book review >
ILLYRIA by Elizabeth Hand
Released: May 13, 2010

"This intense, sensual and bittersweet love story unfolds in hauntingly lyrical prose and should appeal to mature teens. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Growing up in a large, eccentric, extended family in Yonkers in the late 1960s, two first cousins exist in their own private world. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Some redundancy and sketchiness are only slight blemishes in another rich display of this gifted visionary's enticing wares."
Myth and magic are the ingredients assembled to sometimes stunning effect in this vivid gathering of previously collected and recently published stories from the award-winning fantasy author. Read full book review >
MORTAL LOVE by Elizabeth Hand
Released: July 1, 2004

"Great fun, in an impressive synthesis of bygone times and forgotten lore."
In fantasist Hand's crowded seventh novel, the collision of our known world with the lushly erotic, magic-inflected one of "faerie" bedevils mortal protagonists. Read full book review >
BLACK LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand
Released: April 1, 1999

"Vivid, evocative, and well informed if heavily symbolic, with accurately limned teenaged characters; the problem's not so much a slender plot that doesn't cohere as the failure of the characters to adopt any recognizably purposeful course of action."
In Hand's new fantasy, as in Waking the Moon (1995), two opposing groups of magicians, the Benandanti and the Malandanti, struggle to control human destiny. Read full book review >
GLIMMERING by Elizabeth Hand
Released: March 1, 1997

"Flashy and downbeat, a sort of pre-post-cyberpunk as depressing as it is pointless."
Fin-de-siäcle/apocalyptic yarn from the author of Waking the Moon (1995), etc. Earth's atmosphere, destroyed by pollution and ozone depletion, coruscates with bizarrely colorful discharges, banishing night and hiding the stars. Read full book review >
WAKING THE MOON by Elizabeth Hand
Released: July 1, 1995

"Page by page, great entertainment—with special effects from Industrial Light and Magic. (Author tour)"
Men have been in charge too long, and at this moment the moon goddess Othiym Lunarsa slouches toward Washington, D.C., to be born—in this fourth novel and first hardcover from Hand. Read full book review >