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Generation Loss: 12/27/11

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Elizabeth Hand writes the Books section of Fantasy & Science Fiction. When I started reading books from my wishlist, hers were my priority. Generation Loss was my second Elizabeth Hand book after Waking the Moon.

Cass Neary was a hot shit photographer in the 1970s, specializing in the New York City punk scene. Sex, drugs and punk music burned her out and by the 1990s her career has basically flatlined. Then a friend of a friend offers her a job to interview Aphrodite, another famous photographer from the 1970s, now turned recluse up in Maine.

Cass goes to Maine and the book morphs into a mystery with horror overtones. Aphrodite's recluse life on a sparsely populated island brings to light a sinister history involving the photographer and her neighbors.

Generation Loss reads like a mixture of H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, E. Annie Proulx with a smattering of Daniel Pinkwater (if he wrote horror instead of middle grade urban fantasy).

Five stars.

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