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The Austin American-Statesman Selects.....
BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman’s top recommended read for Austin. August’s pick is Foulsham: Iremonger Book Two by Edward Carey. Come down to the store Thursday, August 27 at 7pm when Carey will from the book here at BookPeople. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, August 23 to read their review of Foulsham.
STATESMAN SELECTS: BOUND TO BE A GOOD READ.
FOULSHAM by Edward Carey
Before Foulsham, there was Heap House.
Set in the center of a vast sea of London’s discarded and lost items known as The Heaps, Clod the Iremonger lives in Heap House, a maze of homes, castles, mysteries and scurrying rats. The Iremongers are a mean yet robust and hardworking family. Clod, however, has an illness: He hears the objects whispering—and the whispers are growing louder. The secrets upholding Heap House are unraveling and dark truth is set to destroy Clod’s world.
Now, there is Foulsham.
As eccentric outcasts now managing the city’s rubbish, the Iremongers protect themselves with a secret ability to transform people into talismanic objects—and vice versa. When Clod defies him family, they transform him into a gold coin, and his love, Lucy Pennant, becomes a clay button tossed into a garbage heap. As Clod is passed from hand to hand, he eventually lands on the filthy Foulsham street corner. Both he and Lucy are forced to discover who they are on the inside. Are they objects? Iremongers? Friends? Heroes?
ABOUT EDWARD CAREY
Edward Carey was born during a snowstorm in Norfolk, England. Like his father and grandfather, he attended a nautical college before studying drama at Hull University. He’s written plays for the National Theatre of Romania, Vilnius Small State Theatre in Lithuania, and in England they've even been performed at the Royal Opera House Studio. He's also collaborated on a shadow puppet production of Macbeth in Malaysia. Carey is also the author of the novels Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva: the Twins Who Saved a City, both of which he illustrated. He always draws the characters he writes about, has taught creative writing and fairy tales on numerous occasions at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, and at the Michener Center and the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He has lived in England, France, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, and the United States. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, which is not near the sea.