The night before Angie’s New York gallery opening, she and her mentor Florence hung the show. Florence told her the story of the mass witch-burnings in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis. She spoke in hushed tones, even though that wasn’t necessary here.
But then Florence had just flown in from Minneapolis.
In New York City, the city didn’t fuss itself particularly about the new wave of oddities. As long as the unicorns and werewolves in Central Park minded their own business, the New Yorkers would mind theirs.
Angie watched Florence’s long thin hands punctuate the tale with gesture: painter’s hands, craftswoman’s hands, witch’s hands. Silver rings flashed, and magenta nails, but Angie saw strength under the play of ornament.
The first eight sentences of The Lost Pissarro, to be released tomorrow (Monday 2 February 2015).
Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from many different writers. For the full selection, see here.
A Urban Fantasy world without a Masquerade. You don’t see a lot of those these days.
I figured out I’m writing right on the boundary between urban fantasy and magic realism (lower-case, because I’m not Latin American of the Magical Realism school). On a panel at CONvergence last year, one of my colleagues explained the difference: “Urban fantasy is all ‘HOLY CRUMBS werewolves,” whereas magic realism is “The Angel of Death stopped in to have coffee with my aunt every Tuesday afternoon.”
Interesting excerpt, loved all the detail. Best wishes on the release!
Great beginning! Congrats on the release!
Galleries and libraries are my two favorite settings for novels
Good opening. Congrats on your release.
“As long as the unicorns and werewolves in Central Park minded their own business, the New Yorkers would mind theirs” Pure brilliance. LOVED it! Thanks so much for sharing.