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Northwood

By Maryse Meijer

Part fairy tale, part horror story, Northwood is a genre-breaking novella told in short, brilliant, beautifully strange passages. The narrator, a young woman, has fled to the forest to pursue her artwork in isolation. While there, she falls in love with a married man she meets at a country dance. The man is violent, their affair even more so. As she struggles to free herself, she questions the difference between desire and obsession—and the brutal nature of intimacy. Packaged with a cover and end papers by famed English artist Rufus Newell and inventive, white-on-black text treatments by award-winning designer Jonathan Yamakami, Northwood is a work of art as well as a literary marvel.

"Northwood’s mesmerizing alchemy is this: pain + desire + the deep, dark woods = a book so addictive you will inhale it in one breath. Meijer has made her own form, something new and wide-open, something as blissful and broken as the language of lovesickness itself." —Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark

The first new novel in twelve years from author Shelley Jackson, Riddance is a disquieting supernatural investigation into life after death.

Eleven-year-old Jane Grandison, tormented by her stutter, sits in the back seat of a car, letter in hand inviting her to live and study at the Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children. Founded in 1890 by Headmistress Sybil Joines, the school—at first glance—is a sanctuary for children seeking to cure their speech impediments. Inspired by her haunted and tragic childhood, the Headmistress has other ideas.

Through their stutters, together they have the ability to channel ghostly voices communicating from the land of the dead, a realm the Headmistress herself visits at will. Things change for the school and the Headmistress when a student disappears, attracting attention from parents and police alike.

“This book is a ghost portal. It is also a genius work of art; a lost history; a rollicking, wondrous, Borgesian library; and a haunting so gloriously conceived, reader, you will shudder.” —Samantha Hunt

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Amy Kurzweil’s moving debut is a story of trauma and survival, and a search for identity and belonging. Fluctuating, in words and images, from the bubbly to the intense, this graphic memoir exposes the complicated and powerful ways we are shaped by the histories and relationships that anchor us.
— —Tahneer Oksman, author of How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?
 
 
 
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About Black Balloon

Black Balloon's titles push the boundaries of what a book can be—from graphic novels to experimental writing to limited edition art books to digital projects and beyond. We champion the unconventional and believe in the meaningful above all. 

Black Balloon is a critically acclaimed imprint of Catapult, an independent publishing company headquartered in New York, NY. Our books have been featured in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston GlobeWired.com, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Time, Bon Appetit, and on NPR’s All Things Considered, among many other outlets. 

 

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