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Book Synopsis The Familiar Volume 1
Wherein the cat is found . . . The Familiar Volume 2
Wherein the cat is hungry . . .The Familiar Volume 3
Wherein the cat is blind . . .
Released for the summer from the perils of school, Xanther and her nameless cat are settling into a comfortable routine at home. However, the rest of the Ibrahim family is growing more and more unsettled. Astair fears their stretched finances are already at a breaking point. Not even a visit from an old friend can mitigate Anwar's feeling that he's failing to support those he loves and that even worse things are to come. The twins, Freya and Shasti, sense something too and blame their older sister. Honeysuckles haunt the air and smell of offerings . . . Meanwhile, Cas and Bobby's survival may depend on facing the one person they fear most. And on the other side of the world, Jingjing and Tian Li set out to find what was lost: their missing cat. With spectacular visuals and the vibrant wordplay that are his trademark, The Familiar (Volume 3)
is a beautiful and singular reading experience that could come only from the imagination of Mark Z. Danielewski.
continues The Familiar Volume 4
Wherein the cat is toothless . . . The Familiar Volume 5
Wherein the cat is named . . .
Praise for Mark Z. Danielewski's The Familiar
"The series at times recalls Ulysses
, Infinite Jest
, and Cloud Atlas
in its complexity, structure, and echoing parallel narratives. . . . The literary world is stronger for having boundary pushers like Danielewski." --Ryan Vlastelica, The A.V. Club
"So perfectly relatable, so beautifully rendered. . . . So, so worth it in the way that reading [The Familiar
] rewires your brain." --Jason Sheehan, NPR Books
"Graphic design works in tandem with storytelling in this fascinating, ongoing, humongous experiment with form and the experience of reading." --John Freeman, The Boston Globe
] is a 'remediation' of television series like Twin Peaks
and Breaking Bad
. . . resembles Altman-inflected movies . . . or the time and place-skipping novels of David Mitchell. . . . I'm definitely in." --Tom LeClair, The New York Times Book Review
"Danielewski has somehow created a format, an experience, that mimics the best of the digital future we've been told to expect, while exploiting the best of print, that which we've been told to mourn. . . . The Familiar
is a tour de force." --Allison K. Hill, Los Angeles Daily News
"[Danielewski is] the most aggressively avant-garde popular writer working today. . . . The Familiar
is as much a narrative story as it is an experiment in visual and typographical forms. . . . It all adds up to something between a graphic novel and a novel-novel." --Cady Drell, Newsweek
"The author is innovating wildly not only with text but also with narrative flow, structure, and multiplicity of meaning. Loose, imagistic words are followed by tightly layered prose and pictures; this varied density creates a deeply nuanced reading experience that works. A must-read." --Library Journal
"A marvel of postmodern storytelling." --Kirkus Reviews
"This is a book you cannot miss--because there's simply nothing else like it." --Jefferson Grubbs, Bustle
About the Author MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI
was born in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles.