“The Candide of our #@$\*%?! age.”— Ken Liu, award-winning author
Catherynne M. Valente, the bestselling and award-winning creator of Space Opera and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland returns with The Past is Red, the enchanting, dark, funny, angry story of a girl who made two terrible mistakes: she told the truth and she dared to love the world.
The future is blue. Endless blue…except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown.
Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it’s full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time.
But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.
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On Sale: 07/20/2021 ISBN: 9781250301130
5.00 x 8.00 inches , 160 Pages
“A gorgeous, funny, melancholy, splendid romp through a post-apocalyptic wonderland in which hope and despair are indistinguishable, and the human spirit burns with the joy and rage of a thousand suns. The Candide of our #@$\*%?! age.”—Ken Liu, award-winning author of The Paper Menagerie and The Grace of Kings, on The Past is Red
“Tetley’s distinctive voice and cheerful resilience in the face of misfortune make her a delightful
guide through this bleak future…”—Publishers Weekly
“Brings joy to a future that feels bleak, and grapples with how fragile hope is... perfectly
balances wit and humor with lines that made me put the book down and stare at the
wall.”—Katherine Nazzaro, Porter Square Books
“An electrifying parable for this era of climate change, as bitterly optimistic and cheerfully
furious as this dire hour demands. All that, and its hilarious and heroic protagonist is sure to
steal that gorgeous garbage patch in your chest you call a heart.”—Megan Bell, Underground
Praise for Catherynne M. Valente
“Valente [has a] gorgeous way with words and impressive genre flexibility as she moves from science fiction to fairy tale to comedic horror with her singular linguistic flair.” —Booklist, on The Future is Blue
“Valente’s writing DNA is full of fable, fairy tale and myth drawn from deep wells worldwide.” —New York Times, on The Bread We Eat in Dreams