FBOTU Book Club: The Magician and the Fool by Barth Anderson

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I’m pleased to announce that the next selection for the FBOTU Book Club is The Magician and the Fool by Barth Anderson. Here’s a synopsis:

For hundreds of years, men have sought their futures in the legendary images of the tarot—but what secrets of the past are harbored by the priestess, the magician, the hanged man and the fool? Years ago, fallen scholar Jeremiah Rosemont left the bitter rivalries of academia behind for a simple nomadic life in South America. But he can’t escape his past or the dangerous truth that lurks beneath his abandoned studies. Following an enigmatic summons to Rome, Rosemont finds himself at the center of a mystery that dates back to the fall of Troy and the legendary “first” tarot deck.

Nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror, The Magician and the Fool is a lyrical, dreamlike thriller. Publishers Weekly says, “Anderson doesn’t make it easy on the reader, preferring to reveal his swirling, complex story bit by enigmatic bit. Those willing to surrender themselves to this talented author’s compelling vision will find a fevered dream universe where understanding in the normal sense is probably not possible, nor even necessary.”

Discussion of the book will begin on Wednesday, March 3 in the Books Forum. That means you have a whole month to get and read the book. I’ll be posting weekly reminders to help keep you on track. But once you start reading The Magician and the Fool, I doubt you’ll be able to put it down.

To get us started, let’s give away three FREE copies of the book! The first three members who post “Book me!” in the comments section of this post will win. (NOTE: If you won a previous FBOTU Book Club selection, but didn’t take part in the discussion, you are sadly ineligible. Oh yes, I keep track, kids.)

You can purchase The Magician and the Fool at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or wherever fevered dream universes are sold.

Happy reading!

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