FAIRWATER by Alastair Reid


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The waters of this aquatic fairy tale are roiled and murky. King Prando of the isle of Fairwater becomes the dupe of Phooph, a demoniac glassblower. Tiran, Prando's adopted daughter, is beloved by Garth, a stone-cutter. Through an incomprehensible series of events, presented in unintelligible fashion, a cast of characters with unpronounceable names float about in glass bubbles, become trapped in mirrors and bump about to an unresolved conclusion. It reads like static.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin