The End of the Sentence
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Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: January 2016
Duration: 3 hours 43 minutes
It begins with a letter from a prisoner ...
As he attempts to rebuild his life in rural Oregon after a tragic accident, Malcolm Mays finds himself corresponding with Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, a mysterious entity who claims to be the owner of Malcolm's house, jailed unjustly for 117 years. The prisoner demands that Malcolm perform a gory, bewildering task for him. As the clock ticks toward Dusha's release, Malcolm must attempt to find out whether he's assisting a murderer or an innocent. The End of the Sentence combines Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish, and Norse mythology, with a dark imagined history of the hidden corners of the American West.
Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have forged a fairytale of ghosts and guilt, literary horror blended with the visuals of Jean Cocteau, failed executions, shapeshifting goblins, and magical blacksmithery. In Chuchonnyhoof, they've created a new kind of Beast, longing, centuries later, for Beauty.
"Headley and Howard manage to throw Malcolm and the reader headfirst into the darkness while making it feel like a gradual, incremental journey...Even the pleasant things-the friendly librarian Lischen, the house spirits who leave Malcolm food and drinks-feel ominous in the coauthors' stark but lyrical prose. Ultimately Malcolm and the reader must decide whether this is dark magic or something stranger altogether."-Publishers Weekly