THE AMULET. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland: Bantam Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition, first printing with number line ending with "1." "Anna Sudek, a college-educated twenty-nine-year old who survives by dumpster diving and working in a launderette, attempts to unravel the mystery of her family’s troubled history while stopping a series of grisly murders committed by her grandmother, Lucy Miner, who possesses an ancient Egyptian amulet that allows her to shape-shift. The supernatural elements of the novel are not nearly as convincing or horrific as Morlan’s detailed depiction of the small town of Ewerton, Wisconsin, an economically depressed rural backwater whose citizens are locked into a never-ending cycle of alcoholism, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bigotry, and ignorance. While Morlan clearly has a deep sympathy for people forced to live on the margins of society, her attitude towards the pain and suffering such individuals often knowingly perpetuate, as well as towards the socioeconomic forces that mire Ewerton in such despair, is bitter and eviscerating. Told from multiple perspectives reminiscent of William Faulkner's AS I LAY DYING, THE AMULET is a flawed but highly ambitious novel that deserves wider attention." - Boyd White. "The novel amply confirmed the promise of Morlan’s short fiction and demonstrated that -- unlike many other writers of finely crafted short stories -- she could extend the sensibility of her work into a sustained narrative crescendo." - Brian Stableford, Pringle (ed), The St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, p. 416. The author's first novel to be published, but DARK JOURNEY (1991) was written before THE AMULET. A fine copy. (#161611).
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