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The King of Limbo: Stories by Adrianne Harun
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The King of Limbo: Stories

by Adrianne Harun

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"Lukudi"
Natife is from Nigeria and knows the ways of lukudi, otherwise known as "wealthmagic" or black magic. Ever since Natife cured Carena's skin ailment she knew he would be the perfect peer counselor for suicidal Ally Reisch. The key to getting close to Ally is to befriend her favorite horse, Denali and to protect her from the abusive Ciggy. Interestingly enough, Natife acquires a magical lighter from a man trying to get his brother to quit smoking. The lighter proves to be important in the relationship between Ally and Ciggy. Harun's storytelling is magical.
"The Eighth Sleeper of Ephesus"
This is such an interesting story! Frank Cocokowski is a reclusive and strange man. Alone with his thoughts in a big house he barely leaves, Frank begins a slow descent into madness. His only link to the outside world is by reading his estranged son's small town newspaper. An article in the Salish Bay newspaper prompts Frank to write a letter of outrage to the editor. Only Frank knows nothing of Salish Bay or its problems. He poses as Andrew Glenn, a one-time resident of Salish Bay opposing the construction of a new development. His letter is so well articulated he soon gains a following and stops the construction. He then receives a weekly column in the paper. Needless to say, things become more complicated for Frank. ( )
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In stories that move deftly from the magical to the mundane, the simple to the surreal, The King of Limbo showcases a mature talent that calls to mind such greats as Alice Munro and Andre Dubus. Here are drifters, waitresses, horse trainers, housewives, a Nigerian foreign exchange student, a fisherman's wife, a cat with a cause. Blending magical realism and a pitch-perfect ear for the expressions of the human heart, Adrianne Harun presents a cast of unforgettable characters caught in limbo between their reality and their dreams.
Set in locales as diverse as a fictional town on the Northwest coast and a Connecticut boarding school, these stories chart physical and emotional landscapes with equal precision and grace. Vacationers dawdle in souvenir shops. Locals quietly observe the superstitions of the sea. A woman, overcome by the loss of a child, runs her car into a Victorian house, only to be adopted by the house's elderly residents. A killer on the loose prompts a newlywed couple to employ a mannequin as a decoy for marital bliss.
Again and again Adrianne Harun displays a unique ability to view the world from a dazzling array of perspectives. The King of Limbo confirms the arrival of a writer to watch.

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