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Miss Subways, David Duchovny

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Miss Subways
Title
Miss Subways
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David Duchovny
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she's on? Taking inspiration from the myth of Emer and Cuchulain and featuring an all-star cast of mythical figures from all over the world, David Duchovny's darkly funny fantasy novel Miss Subways is one woman's trippy, mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love. On the way, Emer will battle natural and supernatural forces to find her true voice, power, and destiny. A fairy tale of love lost and regained, Miss Subways is also a love letter to the city that enchants us all: New York
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  • Duchovny’s possibility-fueled romance, both intellectual and approachable, seamlessly blends frenetically paced pop culture references with the antics of bored, nearly forgotten gods in this modern retelling of the Emer and Cuchulain myth. Emer is a teacher and New Yorker who has a comfortable life with her partner, Con. When she’s offered a difficult choice by a mysterious man who calls himself Sid, she finds comfort in the inevitability of change and the strange, déjà vu quality of life in Manhattan. Then life takes a bit of a different turn, sliding seamlessly into an alternate reality in which the consequences of her choice expand like ripples on a pond; each interaction takes her simultaneously closer to and further away from who she is. It doesn’t help that her path is being manipulated by someone—or something. The story’s fantastical nature provides an elegant foundation for an in-depth exploration of self laced with sharp social commentary and a generous dose of the absurd. Agent: Andrew Blauner, Blauner Books. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 07/16/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 29, p)
  • In Golden Globe-winning actor Duchovny's third novel, Emer lives contentedly in New York with boyfriend Con. But she travels down parallel paths, leading other lives and losing and regaining love in a story that draws on worldwide mythologies, especially the Irish myth of Emer and Cuchulain, but always circles back to Emer's beloved city. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 20, p65)
  • A woman stumbles into the realm of myth when a supernatural creature offers her a heartbreaking choice. Fresh off a new season of the evergreen X-Files and a late-blooming music career, the multitalented Duchovny (Bucky F*cking Dent, 2016, etc.) offers a spooky domestic drama that is equal parts Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman. In this tale based on an ancient Irish legend about two star-crossed lovers, Duchovny transposes the story to present-day New York, a city he clearly loves. Emer Gunnels is a masterful second-grade teacher who still experiences fleeting visions from a childhood brain tumor. Her boyfriend is Cuchulain Constance "Con" Powers, an academic who is writing an obscure, right-wing treatise on pre-Christian deities and folklore—"J.K. Rowling meets Michael Lewis in a London pub, they fuck and have a baby that William Buckley raises," more or less. Things go dark when Emer is confronted by Bean Sidhe, a wildly profane Celtic fairy, who offers her an impossible choice: Con (who has been canoodling with the scary spider goddess Anansi, by the way) may live, but the lovers must separate forever—or he dies right here, right now. After a glimpse of how each choice plays out, Emer makes her fateful decision. "The man lives. Love dies," declares Sidhe. Duchovny finds a deft balance here between Emer's domestic rituals and the machinations of actual gods and monsters. It's also worth praising the novel's upside-down love story in which Emer grows into the hero of her own story, not merely the object of a man's quest. As happens, Emer and Con are drawn to each other over and over, while the old gods yearn to break their eternal cycle. With mythical embodiments scattered among the book's surprisingly down-to-earth milieu—a trio of goddesses and a foulmouthed "mistress-dispeller" among them—Duchovny adroitly couches a Nora Ephron-esque romance in the sphere of Joseph Campbell. An entertaining, postmodern fairy tale that tests the boundaries of love and fate. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2018)
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Duchovny, David
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fiction
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  • Fantasy fiction, English
  • Mythology
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Miss Subways, David Duchovny
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000061368361
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780374210403
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017047951
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1004943478
Label
Miss Subways, David Duchovny
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000061368361
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780374210403
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017047951
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1004943478

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