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Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes

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Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes

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Author: Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: Virago Press, 2014
Grove Press, 2011
Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989
Methuen, 1988
Bloomsbury Publishing, 1987

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Genre: Horror
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In this eerily up-to-date collection, Highsmith's incisive prose chronicles a world gone slightly mad, its catastrophes precipitated by human folly and excess. From the White House under siege by the homeless to a 190-year-old woman perpetually near death and dimly glowing, each tale unfolds the illogical extremes of humanity in the late twentieth century. Highsmith transmogrifies the face of daily existence to lay bare its manifold dark motives. These stories leave us haunted with "afterimages that will tremble" but "stay in our minds" (The New Yorker).

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