Duplex

Duplex

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Mary and Eddie are meant for each other-- but love is no guarantee, not in these suburbs. Like all children, they exist in an eternal present; time is imminent, and the adults of the street live in their assorted houses like numbers on a clock. Meanwhile ominous rumors circulate, and the increasing agitation of the neighbors points to a future in which all will be lost. Soon, a sorcerer's car will speed down Mary's street, and as past and future fold into each other, the resonant parenthesis of her girlhood will close forever. Beyond is adulthood, a world of robots and sorcerers, slaves and masters, bodies without souls. Once you enter the duplex-- that magical hinge between past and future, human and robot, space and time-- there's no telling where you might come out" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9781555976538
1555976530
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 22 cm

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Michael Colford Feb 25, 2014

This is one unusual book. Kathryn Davis merges the tropes of science fiction (robots, sorcerers) with 50's domestic drama. Mary's neighborhood is populated by boys who play sports, and girls who trade cards. The robots who live next door are curious, but most of the time they retain their human shape. When the sorcerer drives down the street one day, Mary's life, and the life of her neighbors, is changed forever.

I'm not sure I quite understand what Davis was getting at with Duplex, but I loved the tone and the structure of the book. If you're willing to trust you'll have an interesting ride, you will want to give Duplex a try.

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