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Madder Carmine
By (author): Tyler Enfield
9781927855300 Paperback, Trade English FICTION / General Oct 01, 2015
$14.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 350 gr 280 pages Great Plains Publications Enfield & Wizenty

"In Madder Carmine, novelist Tyler Enfield channels Mark Twain and Dante Alighieri and pulls it off beautifully. A thousand writers could try this trick and a thousand writers would very likely mess it up – Enfield succeeds brilliantly. This is a mind-bending and delightful journey.


In the same frenetic vein as Patrick Dewitt’s genre-bashing novels, Tyler Enfield’s Madder Carmine is a few steps above and vividly beyond. Enfield is an exceptional writer and clearly, a novelist to watch." 


-- Thomas Trofimuk, author of Waiting for Columbus 

After three years in the Mexican War, color-blind Dannon Lereaux sets out across the mountains in search of "love, red, and a new class of salvation," expecting to find all three in a girl called Madder Carmine. 

Set in the year 1849, amidst a vividly reconceived Appalachia, young Dannon has returned from the war only to discover home was finer when remembered from afar. Disenchanted and confused he puts all hope of deliverance in a girl he once met, and, along with an escaped slave named Virgil, he embarks on an epic journey to find her. But hard on their trail is Will Lawson, Virgil’s vengeful owner. 

As Dannon is pushed deeper into the world of the hunted, his mind slips into a world of its own. Suddenly the mountains of his youth are transformed into the Nine Circles of Hell and Virgil becomes his soul-guide through the underworld. With this notion firm in his mind, Dannon commends himself to a surreal journey as he seeks redemption in the heart of the Inferno.

Tyler Enfield is the author of the award-winning Wrush series. His film project titled Invisible World (writer, director) is presently in post-production at the National Film Board of Canada. He lives in Edmonton.

"This rich, multi-layered fable will appeal to both teens and adults ... Smart, fun and very well-written." - Linda Specker, Strathcona County Library Picks of the Week

"Like The Sisters Brothers ... only better."
- Laurie Greenwood, CBC Radio

"It is a rare book that slides a cliffhanger and perplexing scenario onto the first page and then deftly pulls a contented reader along to page 110 ... Enfield owns a deftness to create characters you wish were real and a phrase so authentic to the setting and time of his story that you slip away from the noise of the world." - Rusti L. Lehay, Rat Creek Press

"The novel moves elegantly and effectively between the lyrical and historical, the concrete and the conceptual, the personal and the universal. It’s intelligent, and poetic, but it’s also a page-turner."
- Amanda Tripp, Maple Tree Literary Supplement

"Many archetypal themes and great works of world literature come together in this story from 1849 Appalachia" - Ann Ketcheson, CM Magazine

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