Lookin’ Good: The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente (includes Table of Contents)

TheBreadWeEatinDreamsI don’t get extremely excited about many ARCs anymore. Don’t get me wrong, finding any book in my mailbox always feels a little bit like Christmas morning, but some books are just special, and this one… Well, let’s just say I may or may not have been running around in little circles in the kitchen yelling “Do you know what this is do you know what this is?!” while my wife looked on in great bemusement. The surprise was even sweeter because, somehow, I had no idea this collection was in the works.

The Bread We Eat in Dreams is Catherynne M. Valente’s forthcoming collection of short fiction and poetry, due out in late 2013 from Subterranean Press. The ARC says December 31st, the publisher’s website says “due to ship in November.” Whatever the case may be, just place your pre-orders now.

Here’s the publicity copy and the full Table of Contents from Subterranean Press. Careful you don’t drool on your keyboard.

Subterranean Press proudly presents a major new collection by one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament. Catherynne M. Valente, the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and other acclaimed novels, now brings readers a treasure trove of stories and poems in The Bread We Eat in Dreams.

In the Locus Award-winning novelette “White Lines on a Green Field,” an old story plays out against a high school backdrop as Coyote is quarterback and king for a season. A girl named Mallow embarks on an adventure of memorable and magical politicks in “The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While.” The award-winning, tour de force novella “Silently and Very Fast” is an ancient epic set in a far-flung future, the intimate autobiography of an evolving A.I. And in the title story, the history of a New England town and that of an outcast demon are irrevocably linked.

The thirty-five pieces collected here explore an extraordinary breadth of styles and genres, as Valente presents readers with something fresh and evocative on every page. From noir to Native American myth, from folklore to the final frontier, each tale showcases Valente’s eloquence and originality.

Table of Contents:

  • The Consultant
  • White Lines on a Green Field
  • The Bread We Eat in Dreams
  • The Melancholy of Mechagirl
  • A Voice Like a Hole
  • The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While
  • How to Raise a Minotaur
  • Mouse Koan
  • The Blueberry Queen of Wiscasset
  • In the Future When All’s Well
  • Fade to White
  • The Hydrodynamic Front
  • Static Overpressure
  • Even Honest Joe Loves an Ice-Cold Brotherhood Beer!
  • Optimum Burst Altitude
  • The Shadow Effect
  • Gimbels: Your Official Father’s Day Headquarters
  • Flash Blindness
  • Blast Wind
  • Ten Grays
  • Velocity Multiplied by Duration
  • Aeromaus
  • Red Engines
  • The Wolves of Brooklyn
  • One Breath, One Stroke
  • Kallisti
  • The Wedding
  • The Secret of Being a Cowboy
  • Twenty-Five Facts About Santa Claus
  • We Without Us Were Shadows
  • The Red Girl
  • Aquaman and the Duality of Self/Other, America, 1985
  • The Room
  • Silently and Very Fast
  • What the Dragon Said: A Love Story

The beautiful cover and interior illustrations come courtesy of Kathleen Jennings.

The Bread We Eat in Dreams is due out in late 2013.

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2 Responses to Lookin’ Good: The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente (includes Table of Contents)

  1. Candiss says:

    Wow! I would be crazy excited, too. I love Valente so very much… I also didn’t know this collection was forthcoming; I’ve been busy waiting for the collection titled “The Melancholy of Mechagirl” (which is supposed to have some of these same stories and novellas in it) due out July 16th from Viz Media. (ISBN 1421556138) Hmm…I wonder why there are two similar collections coming from two different publishers? This is slightly confusing yet wonderful news!

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