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The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest

by Mark Z. Danielewski

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You can read my review at the New York Journal of Books:

http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/familiar-volume-2-forest ( )
  kswolff | Jul 23, 2016 |
You can identify a Mark Z. Danielewski book from a single page—no need to even read it. Since the start of his literary career—2000’s still-mind blowing House Of Leaves, the first of his books to both astonish and unsettle—Danielewski has employed a complex and visual form of writing, a multidimensional means of amplifying the impact of his stories and prose. There’s something cinematic about his work; inserted images act as rudimentary special effects while page layouts serve as both camera angles and edits, designed in such a way that they reflect the narrative and provide pauses. When a character stops to think, there’s a page break. When a character whispers, Danielewski downshifts into a smaller font. The effect is visceral.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375714960, Paperback)

The Familiar, Volume 1  Wherein the cat is found . . .
The Familiar, Volume 2  Wherein the cat is hungry . . .

From the universally acclaimed, genre-busting author of House of Leaves comes the second volume of The Familiar, a “novel [which] goes beyond the experimental into the visionary, creating a language and style that expands the horizon of meaning . . . hint[ing] at an evolved form of literature.”*
In The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest, the lives of the disparate and dynamic nine characters introduced in “One Rainy Day in May” begin to intersect in inexplicable ways, finding harmonies and echoes in each other. What once  seemed remote and disconnected draws closer—slowly, steadily—toward something inevitable. . . . At the center of it all is Xanther, a twelve-year-old girl, for whom the world around her seems to be opening, exposing doors and windows, visions and sounds, questions and ideas previously unknown. With each passing day, she begins to glimpse something she does not understand but unequivocally craves—the only thing that will bring her relief and keep her new friend alive.
*Library Journal, starred review

(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 05 Jul 2015 01:02:57 -0400)

The stories of the nine characters of the previous volume begin to gradually intersect, as Xanther and the cat begin to wane and mysteries abound.

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