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Valente takes her erudite and poetically epic sense to tap into the minds of young people, and the results are...well, magical, as she always seems to be able to pull something out of the bottom of her hat. Nerds find magic among jocks here, and magical realism is always front and center, with her gifted voice so solidly codified in her novella "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland" and "In the Night Garden." Teenage life, teenage sex...For better or for worse, Valente brings her unique vision ...more
Valente is a beautiful writer but I am not sure she could make me that excited about football and high school, even with a fantasy twist, I think I would need more than a short story and less football to make that happen. This showcases a completely different voice from her Fairyland series.
Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and ...moreMore about Catherynne M. Valente...