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Winter tide
2017
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After attacking Devil's Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future. The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.Winter Tide is the debut novel from Ruthanna Emrys, author of "The Litany of Earth."
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The creatures, gods, and peoples of H. P. Lovecraft are alive and well in this new world created by Emrys. She builds a world where the people of Innsmouth were placed in internment camps for fear of their differences and for fear of their magic and their knowledge, their books were confiscated. After both world wars, the lone survivors of the camps are released. The primary action of the novel takes place during the Cold War. Russia has possibly taken some of the secrets about magic from the library of the people of Innsmouth. In order to discover the truth, the American government asks the two remaining people of Innsmouth, Aphra and Caleb Marsh, to help them. The Marshes are finally, through this episode, allowed to see the texts connected to magic and their history. Emrys uses the beautiful structures of Lovecraft to make a bold statement about difference and culture. Fans of Lovecraft will love the spin and faithfulness to the original text, but extensive knowledge of his oeuvre is not necessary.--Whitmore, Emily Copyright 2017 Booklist
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