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From Cat Rambo, author of The Tabat Quartet. What do you do when someone else’s past forces itself on your own life? Sorting through the piles left behind by a grandmother who was both a stage magician and a hoarder, Persephone Aim finds a magical artifact from World War II that has shaped her family history. Faced with her mother’s desperate attempt to take the artifact ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Meerkat Press
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D.M.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Creative magic. A possibility of discovering more than what meets the eye. One person treasures can be another person secret to unlock.

Persephone is left the responsibility of sorting her late grandmothers house. Her grandmother was a hoarder and the house is full of wonders. There is a reason she was given the task and everyone seems a little too interested in helping.

If you like outside the box mysteries with a touch of magic this book is for you.

3 stars out of 5.

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Seb
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this family drama cum magic (mostly black) taking place in a late Not-So-Fairy-Grandmother's house. Trying to find some interesting (and probably sellable) stuff in her deceased granny's house, Persephone stumbles on stranger and more dangerous things than she had hoped for. A short, enjoyable and beautifully mastered anti-fairy tale novella, which offers more than its glittery surface indicates. Highly recommended for the readers who like true complexity hidden behind apparent ...more
Kyle Richardson
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cat’s attention to detail pulls you so convincingly into Persephone’s world that you can practically smell the dust and feel the grit wafting off the pages.

We meet Persephone as she’s elbow-deep in the task of sorting through her late grandmother’s cluttered home, in search of something valuable to help her through her financial woes. But Persephone’s grandmother was no ordinary woman—she was an accomplished stage magician, whose talents hovered over that eerie line where illusion and reality
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Eddie Generous
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unnerving Magazine Review

Listen to my conversation with the author here: https://www.unnervingmagazine.com/sin...

A multi-layered situation boils together generational family struggles, hoarding, and a robot in a way that's compelling, interesting, and totally fun. Quick pacing. Good dialogue. An unexpected ending that's satisfying and final.
Linda Hepworth
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a child Persephone had loved being allowed to explore her grandmother Gloria’s labyrinthine home. It was an amalgam of three houses which had acquired various additions and extensions over the years, thus providing a magical fascination for a young child. One of her grandmother’s favourite expressions was carpe glitter and that shiny glitter, so redolent of her stage persona, was one of the things Persephone remembered best about her. However, at home she was a “grubby hoarder”, never ...more
Crystal Zavala
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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"Carpe Glitter, my grandmother Gloria always said. Seize the glitter."

Carpe Glitter is a short story about Persephone who has to clear out her wealthy Grandmother's estate. Her Grandmother was a hoarder and in the will Persephone was forbidden from selling any of the items until she finished sorting all of the items. Most of the items seem worthless, what does her Grandmother expect her to find? Persephone's grandmother was a famous magician in Las Vegas and believed in true magic. Maybe there
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E.D.E. Bell
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This suspenseful little novelette is tiny and fleeting (like glitter!) - perfect if you need a break or a night to escape. It's about a search through Grandmother's mystical items, a complex family dynamic, dark finds, and a symbolic question. It's sensory, interesting, and delightfully weird.
Roy
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Casually audacious, this novella eases into deep strangeness so persuasively because it’s so rooted in the real — here the edgy bond of mothers and daughters and their power over each other. The writing gently but completely and irresistibly pulls you in... before it shocks you.
Terri Jones
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This starts out fairly calmly, but it gets darker, and I loved it. It needed one more edit though it's almost typo-free, for a few extraneous words and one impossible action. But it is unflinching in the end, and I respect the heck out of it for that. Great story.
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F&SF writer Cat Rambo lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her short story collection, EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT, was a 2010 Endeavor Award finalist. A third collection, NEAR + FAR, appeared in 2012 from Hydra House. She has been shortlisted for an Endeavour Award, Locus Award, World Fantasy Award and most recently the Nebula Award. Her debut novel, BEASTS OF TABAT, appeared ...more
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