Catherynne M. Valente serializes her book-within-a-book

The Girl Who Circumnavigate Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a serial YA fiction novel by Catherynne M. Valente.  She is writing the novel “live,” posting each chapter on Monday as she finishes them.  The novel is freely available to read, but the author is asking for donations if you like it.  Her family has been hit by the global economic downturn pretty hard, and this is her way to help make ends meet.

From Her Website:

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making began as a book-within-a-book in my adult novel, Palimpsest, a part of the protagonist’s childhood, a strange novel for children written in the 1920s, about a young girl spirited away to Fairyland by the Green Wind, and her adventures there, battling the wicked Marquess, befriending outlandish creatures, and growing up.

Ms. Valente is an excellent author of imaginative and complex fiction.  I recently finished the excellent Palimpsest, which I suggest for anyone who likes mythopoeic fiction.  She’s also a published poet.

CMV is also not afraid to experiment with the medium.  In addition to this serial novel (a well known and traditional form of fiction with a new delivery mechanism), she is trying something she calls her Omikuji project.  Subscribers get a regular piece of original fiction and illustrations, in a beautifully printed and sealed form.

Please take a trip over and check out this wonderful author’s work.  If you like the first chapter, which was posted today, think about sending her a little something.  In addition to an original novel, you get insight into the creative process, and maybe a new catalog of work to follow.


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