From the Dust Returned

By Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, America's such a lot loved storyteller, has spent an entire life sporting readers to exhilarating and hazardous locations, from darkish highway comers in unusual towns and cities to the sting of the universe. Now, in a unprecedented flight of the mind's eye a half-century within the making, he is taking us to a such a lot wondrous vacation spot: into the center of an everlasting Family.

they've got lived for hundreds of years in a home of legend and secret in higher Illinois -- and they're unlike different midwesterners. hardly ever encountered in sunlight hours, their teenagers are curious and wild; their outdated ones have survived in view that prior to the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. and a few sleep in beds with lids.

Now the home is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that may assemble jointly the farflung branches of this extraordinary and memorable kinfolk. within the past-midnight stillness should be detected the gentle fluttering of Uncle Einars wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and such a lot certain daughter, can think the strategy of many a welcome being -- shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire -- as she flies excessive within the cognizance of fowl and bat.

yet in the course of keen anticipation, a feeling of doom pervades. For the realm is altering. And demise, no stranger, will regularly shadow this such a lot singular relatives: Father, arisen from the Earth; mom, who by no means sleeps yet desires; 1000 instances nice Grandmére; Grandfather, who retains the wildness of youngster among his ears.

And the boy who, greater than a person, incorporates the weight of time on his shoulders: Timothy, the unhappy and varied foundling son who needs to proportion all of it, be mindful, and tell...and who, on my own out of them all, needs to someday age and wither and die.

by way of turns lyrical, wistful, poignant, and chilling, From the dirt again is the long-awaited new novel by way of the peerless Ray Bradbury -- a booklet that may absolutely be numbered between his so much enduring masterworks.

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