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Jeff's Secret Lives

07/12/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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A new project by author Jeff VanderMeer.

In this new collection by World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer, the secret lives of librarians, doctors, lawyers, university students, bank tellers, sex shop clerks and others are revealed for the first time.

Ordered by profession, its publisher, Wildside, say these these short-short stories (500 to 2,000 words in length) range from the hilarious to the somber, the absurd to the revelatory. Using real people as the springboard, VanderMeer has created a blend of the factual and the imaginary in which everyone gets the secret life they deserve.

The trade edition (400 copies) will be a small-sized hardcover, signed and numbered, with book ribbon and nice endpapers. However, the limited-limited lettered edition of 26 will include a slipcase, a color plate of Terry Rentzepis's art as a frontispiece, special embossing on the boards, in addition to being signed and numbered by both artist and author. An additional feature will be that the endpapers for the lettered edition will be individualised - no two copies of the lettered edition will be the same.

VanderMeer will illustrate the front set of endpapers and Terry will illustrate the back set of endpapers. So, in essence, Wildside say buyers will possess an individual, one-of-a-kind copy.

Copies of the trade edition are still available, but the lettered editions are almost sold out.

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