September 15, 2005
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wicked, and wise. Wonderful!"
-- Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club
wonderfully vivid and unexpected blend of magic realism
and finely-observed contemporary experience."
-- William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
novel of voodoo, pregnancy, and Houston.
Elena Beauchamp used
magic the way other people used credit cards, and now that
she's dead, her daughters Toni and Candy have a debt to
pay. Set in modern-day Houston, Texas, this is a funny and
moving novel of voodoo, pregnancy, and family ties. While
Toni sorts out the mess that Elena left behind, she must
also come to terms with her childhood and with the supernatural
and dangerous gift that she has inherited from her mother.
With a new Afterword
by the author.
A New York Times
World Fantasy and Nebula
This Week |
started [reading Mockingbird] first, and realized
right away that she was onto something good. When she finished,
she confiscated the book I was reading at the time and put
Mockingbird in my hands. Didn't take me long to figure
out why. For a soft book year, I've still managed to read
some good books since January, but Mockingbird is
hands down the best novel I have read in 2005, and one of
the best I've ever had the privilege to read."
-- Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC
is the story of a young woman who grudgingly inherits
her mother's psychic powers. This book reads like a shot
of whiskey -- sweet, fiery swirls in the throat that linger
of the most enjoyable books of the year."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
charming and hilarious."
and a Southern sauciness. . . . [Stewart's] poignant take
on voodoo among middle-class women makes for delicious fun."
-- Publishers Weekly
funny, affirming novel. . . . Stewart writes beautifully
and affectionately about this family and their acquaintances,
friends, and business partners. Like a poet with a cattle
prod, he crafts his phrasing carefully, then rocks the reader
back on his heels with an insight or an insult."
-- San Diego Union-Tribune
best, most perfectly balanced novel yet. . . . a small masterpiece.
Stewart's control of tone is nothing short of brilliant;
Toni's no-nonsense Texas narrative voice immediately disarms
us with its tall-tale overtones and its authentic (and genuinely
funny) humor. . . . A work of genuine brilliance."
Sometimes you have to go
Read this novel and for days
afterward you'll start conversations with, "I just read the strangest
book." When Elena died, her daughter, Toni, unwillingly inherited
her voodoo dolls and her debts. The dolls are able to exert their
supernatural effects on Toni when she least expects it which creates
havoc on the lives of family and friends. Candy, the other daughter,
has her own life to live and just hovers on the outer edge of
Toni's life, offering support when needed. This is a lively and
highly original story which I will recommend to my reading group
because it's a good book and they'll enjoy it.
-- Andra Tracy, Out Word Bound Bookstore, Indianapolis, IN
About the Author:
the author of the I Love Bees
and Beast search operas,
two short stories and seven novels: Perfect
Circle, The Night Watch, Nobody's
Man and Galveston.
He wrote much of the innovative web
game associated with the film A.I. With Jordan Weisman,
he is the author of Cathy's
Book. His novels have received the Aurora, Arthur Ellis,
Sunburst, Canadian Library, and World Fantasy awards. He lives in
Davis, CA, with his wife and two daughters.
- Older interviews: BookSense,
Community Network, AC&S
- Novel excerpts: Mockingbird,
Night Watch, Clouds
End, & Resurrection
Obscura: a story written with Pat Cadigan, Kathleen Ann Goonan,
and Paul Witcover
- is popular in Germany.
Author photo by Biko.
Download for print.
Photographs: "Carol Emshwiller"
Mockingbird painting by Elaine Chen. (Nominated for a 2006 Prix
Aurora Award -- Artistic Achievement.)