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A Fable

Kimmy Beach

Fiction, Fairy-Tale Studies, Folklore

Published: March 2017
ISBN: 9781772122961
Pages: 136 Size: 5.25x9

"Shh, my Nuala. I am with you. Today I shall teach you the newness of you."

As The Engine breathes life into Nuala, her gaze falls on Teacher-Servant, the Chosen One. He alone will be able to hear her thoughts and interpret her innermost emotions. But soon Teacher-Servant starts to worry that Nuala will be able to give away her thoughts freely. Set in an atypical dystopian world, Nuala is a startlingly original and inventive work, redolent of Margaret Atwood, José Saramago, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Beach’s dark, fearless imagination has created a time and space that are at once remote and strange, but absorbing and deeply credible. Nuala leaves the reader with much to ponder about the nature of love, possessiveness, jealousy, envy, and autonomy.

Kimmy Beach is a writer, editor, and mentor. Nuala: A Fable is her sixth book. Her latest publication, The Last Temptation of Bond (UAP, 2013), received wide recognition. She lives in Red Deer, Alberta.

From the start, the book has the power to take a reader on a journey that is wonderfully image-laden.... [You] get the feeling that every single word has been meticulously chosen... It's always polished but crackles with authenticity.

– Mark Weber, Red Deer Express

While it is a highly original tale, many of its themes -- alienation, the search for understanding and companionship, and struggle for independence -- are universal…

– Lana Michelin, Red Deer Advocate

... Beach's spare, poetic prose swept me away from the present world of mad dictators into a magical timeless realm like the sweet books of my childhood. I was transported and found myself rationing each page near the end, because I did not want to leave Beach's fictional world. Highly recommended, even if you don't like puppets, poetry or fables. It's all about the craft and the way Beach spins a sharp sensuous story...

– Bruce Hunter, Goodreads