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VIRTUAL: Catherynne M. Valente discusses THE PAST IS RED

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Catherynne M. Valente, the bestselling and award-winning creator of Space Opera and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland returns with The Past is Red, the enchanting, dark, funny, angry story of a girl who made two terrible mistakes: she told the truth and she dared to love the world.

The future is blue. Endless blue…except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown.Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it’s full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time. But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.

PRAISE FOR THE PAST IS RED 

“A gorgeous, funny, melancholy, splendid romp through a post-apocalyptic wonderland in which hope and despair are indistinguishable, and the human spirit burns with the joy and rage of a thousand suns. The Candide of our #@$\*%?! age.”—award-winning author Ken Liu

Tetley’s distinctive voice and cheerful resilience in the face of misfortune make her a delightful guide through this bleak future…”—Publishers Weekly

The Past is Red is magical realism meets the garbage patch. Every page is a new and surprising invention. It’s hilarious and sad and filled with an inexcusable amount of wisdom.”—New York Times bestselling author Hank Green

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Event date: 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
The Past Is Red Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250301130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - July 20th, 2021