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Susann Cokal

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fairy stories, insomnia, and a psychic great-aunt

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Susann Cokal grew up with a roomful of books and Barbies, with whom she acted out elaborate stories. For a while she lived on the edge of wild land covered in sagebrush and cactus, playing in a dry creek bed. But she was born in California and has lived most of her life by the crashing waves and barking sea lions: In San Diego, she used to write on the beach; in Berkeley, she earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature; on the Central Coast, she bought her first wetsuit and published her first novel.

She comes from a Danish family whose traditions have worked their way into her novels. The Kingdom of Little Wounds is set in a watery, witchy, mermaidy kingdom in Scandinavia, 1572. The tale of plotting between three outcasts--a seamstress, a slav
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“In the darkness, fear my light.”
Susann Cokal, The Kingdom of Little Wounds

“Fate refuses to stop at the pretty part of the tale; Fate insists on more tests of courage and wit, a terrible end, even if the heroine's heart be pure and her crime accidental.”
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“She give me honey to make my voice sweet, but there never were a sweetness in me. I prefer a taste of rot.”
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“Crying makes me know I'm still real and still alive.”
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“Am I in love? --yes, since I am waiting. The other one never waits. Sometimes I want to play the part of the one who doesn't wait; I try to busy myself elsewhere, to arrive late; but I always lose at this game. Whatever I do, I find myself there, with nothing to do, punctual, even ahead of time. The lover's fatal identity is precisely this: I am the one who waits.”
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Look for the Different, instead of the Same
Never Walk where there's room for Running
Don't do anything that can't be a Game”
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