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.
"Harun spins a chilling tale shot through with both aching realism and age-old folktales, melding them together to capture a landscape lush with possibility and imagination and terrifying in its vast emptiness." (Booklist, Starred Review)
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Respectable, interesting and yet...
For me the best part was the setting and how it was presented. I felt the hills and mountains and old roads and folkies.
The story felt like it never fully came together, sometimes worked too hard. But it is good writing and many wonderfully presented moments and arcs.
I guess I would if I knew the right person, but I would have trouble recommending the audio book.
In most ways this was an excellent reading, however Dan John Miller is yet another male reader who feels compelled to lift his voice up unnaturally high for EVERY female character who speaks, rendering the women flat and uninteresting, all filled to the brim with the stereotypical "weaker" tendencies supposedly demonstrated by women. I cringed each time he did dialog with women characters; suddenly it went from being a story to a cartoon. Which is too bad because he is a talented performer and was able to get across much nuance in the men characters. Performers need to realize that if they hardly alter their voices, we can follow it and it will serve the story telling.
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