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Sip

Brian Allen Carr

ISBN: 9781616958275

Published: August, 2017

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Hardcover $26.00

eBook $14.99

Brian Allen Carr

Texas / Indiana

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A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival ...

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts...

A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival …

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad.

150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness—but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.

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​​Library Journal Debut of the Month. ”
“For a novel about domed worlds devoid of light, Sip has no shortage of luminosity. The precision of the images in this novel illuminate every scene like the water around a lighthouse. A fable about shadow addicts and sealed-over inaccessible domes feels eerily prescient for the increasing volatile divide in the United States.”
—Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear
“Brian Allen Carr's Sip is funny, literate, crass, dark, violent, lyrical, oddly touching, and totally bat-shit crazy. I loved it.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts
“A post-apocalyptic sci-fi Western... intriguing core characters.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“Like Philip K. Dick or Robert Louis Stevenson before him, Brian Allen Carr's Sip shoots us with a brand new metaphor full of our addictions. One day we'll return to this book after the war began and speak of its shadow-drinkers like we do zombies and vampires and say, 'And this is where it all began. This new wild mythology that was true even then. When the comet returned.' AND TOGETHER WE'LL SIP.”
—Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book
“Brian Allen Carr has written a great novel, and Sip will remain engraved in the reader's memory for quite some time.”
—Alain Mabanckou, author Black Moses
“An utterly transporting voyage through an oddly sweet, surprisingly funny, and horribly human post-apocalyptic wasteland. As much a celebration of the wonders of our daily existence as it is an indictment of the hungers which bring us low, Brian Allen Carr's Sip inflated my shadow-soaked head and set me floating on strange and beautiful winds. Never before have I so deeply wanted to return to the end of the world.”
—Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City
Sip reads like what might happen if Cormac McCarthy dropped acid and then hallucinated an science fiction novel. Half post-apocalyptic disaster, half weird Western, Sip's a blood-slick trip that's nonetheless humane at its core.”
—Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses
“Interesting ideas form the core of the novel.”
—Publishers Weekly