The Archive of Alternate Endings

The Archive of Alternate Endings

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Tracking the evolution of Hansel and Gretel at seventy-five-year intervals that correspond with earth's visits by Halley's Comet, The Archive of Alternate Endings explores how stories are disseminated and shared, edited and censored, voiced and left untold. In 1456, Johannes Gutenberg's sister uses the tale as a surrogate for sharing a family secret only her brother believes. In 1835, The Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm revise the tale to bury a truth about Jacob even he can't come to face. In 1986, a folklore scholar and her brother come to find the record is wrong about the figurative witch in the woods, while in 2211, twin space probes aiming to find earth's sister planet disseminate the narrative in binary code. Breadcrumbing back in time from 2365 to 1378, siblings reimagine, reinvent, and recycle the narrative of Hansel and Gretel to articulate personal, regional, and ultimately cosmic experiences of tragedy. Through a relay of speculative pieces that oscillate between eco-fiction and psychological horror, The Archive of Alternate Endings explores sibling love in the face of trauma over the course of a millennium, in the vein of Richard McGuire's Here and Lars von Trier's Melancholia"--
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI :, Dzanc Books,, 2019.
Edition: First US edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781945814822
Branch Call Number: FIC DRAG
Characteristics: 154 pages ; 22 cm


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IT IS SO BIG. This is a story about stories, the stories we tell about who we are and how we got here, the way we love and make community and families and art, how we learn and grieve and forget, the multitude of ways we do each other harm and heal each other. The Archive of Alternate Endings str... Read More »

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