Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain


For Book Beginnings:
In mountain towns, children play a game called Devil's Hopscotch.
- p. 1 (ARC, page may change)

For Friday 56:
And I ceased to be her lifelong friend, insteadowing to an unfortunate incident a year or so agomorphing into another ham-handed guy with itchy fingers.
- p. 56 (ARC, page may change)
Synopsis of A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun: The seductive and chilling debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of The King of Limbo

In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is atmospheric and evocative of place and a group of people, much in the way that Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones conjures the South, or Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children provides a glimpse of the Las Vegas underworld: kids left to fend for themselves in a broken world—rendered with grit and poetry in equal measure.

I'm really intrigued by this and I've never read anything by this author. It seems a little creepy but I think I can handle it. What about you?


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12 comments

  1. I haven't heard of this one but am adding it to my list. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it. It does indeed sound intriguing!
    Happy Reading!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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  2. Oh wow, this sounds really good! It's both scary and kind of beautifully written! I'm definitely going to have to check this one out! The cover is really nice as well! Also, thank you so much for stopping by my post about Forgotten Books! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have an amazing weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  3. Hmmm. It sounds interesting, and I liked to know more about Devil's Hopscotch. I've never read anything by this author.

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  4. Awesome that you're reading this, I've been curious about this book for some time now. Thanks for sharing the opening line, happy reading! :)

    My Friday Book Memes

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  5. Sounds very exciting. Thanks for sharing. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

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  6. The title, first sentence, and excerpt are all very intriguing...thanks for sharing!

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/03/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_14.html

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  7. You're right -- this does sound creepy! But I like the opening and the excerpt from page 56. I'm curious about that unfortunate incident.

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  8. I'm intrigued by that beginning, surely! Can't wait to read your final thoughts.

    Happy weekend!

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  9. Sounds very peculiar, but I like peculiar. Check out my Friday 56 here: http://akernelofnonsense.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/the-friday-56-1/

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  10. Cool cover and a great beginning. Thanks for sharing it with BBOF!

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  11. The title is good enough to get me interested.

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  12. I loved loved this book, and I'm a scaredy cat. So recommended!

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