Catherynne M. Valente Reimagines the Perfect Relationship in Comfort Me With Apples

Everything is perfect. Isn’t it?

We’re excited to share the cover for Comfort Me With Apples, a terrifying new thriller from bestseller Catherynne M. Valente, for fans of Gone Girl and Spinning Silver—available October 26th from Tordotcom Publishing.

Armed with her signature lyrical prose, Valente examines the “perfect relationship” under a lens both feminist and extra-ordinary. In her hands, the uncanny and the commonplace, the past and the present blur and merge—and the beginnings we thought we knew are simply endings of another story.

Sophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect.

It’s just that he’s away so much. So often. He works so hard. She misses him. And he misses her. He says he does, so it must be true. He is the perfect husband and everything is perfect.

But sometimes Sophia wonders about things. Strange things. Dark things. The look on her husband’s face when he comes back from a long business trip. The questions he will not answer. The locked basement she is never allowed to enter. And whenever she asks the neighbors, they can’t quite meet her gaze….

But everything is perfect. Isn’t it?

Cover design by Jamie Stafford-Hill

In praise of Catherynne M. Valente’s work:

“A gorgeous, funny, melancholy, splendid romp through a post-apocalyptic wonderland in which hope and despair are indistinguishable, and the human spirit burns with the joy and rage of a thousand suns. The Candide of our #@$\*%?! age.” —award-winning author Ken Liu on The Past Is Red

“Valente’s writing DNA is full of fable, fairy tale and myth drawn from deep wells worldwide.” —New York Times on The Bread We Eat in Dreams

“Valente [has a] gorgeous way with words and impressive genre flexibility as she moves from science fiction to fairy tale to comedic horror with her singular linguistic flair.” —Booklist on The Future is Blue

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Prix Imaginales, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo awards. Valente has also been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

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