CAMBRIDGE: GennaRose Nethercott, THISTLEFOOT

Porter Square Books is excited to host GennaRose Nethercott to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Thistlefoot! In the tradition of modern fairy tales like Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story. Lemony Snickett writes, “I have never found use for the word rollicking until I dove into Thistlefoot. This is a genuinely rollicking adventure. It rollicks very hard. It is skillfully stuffed with startling rollickers. Pick up this book and prepare to be thoroughly, comprehensively, joyfully rollicked.” If you like Baba Yaga tales, then this is the book for you. 

This in-person event will take place on Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm at Porter Square Books: Cambridge Edition. RSVP's, while not required, are strongly recommended -- just scroll down to the bottom of the page for the RSVP link! We ask that attendees wear their masks for the duration of the event. Thank you for respecting the safety of our community! 

Can't make it to the event? We're always happy to set a signed copy aside for you (or put one in the mail)! If you'd like a personalization, be sure to place your order at least 24 hours before the event and include details in the Order Comments section during checkout.

Porter Square Books presents an event featuring GennaRose Nethercott. Wednesday October 26, 7pm ET. The book cover of Thistlefoot and a headshot of GennaRose.

About the Book

The Yaga siblings—Bellatine, a young woodworker, and Isaac, a wayfaring street performer and con artist—have been estranged since childhood, separated both by resentment and by wide miles of American highway. But when they learn that they are to receive a mysterious inheritance, the siblings are reunited—only to discover that their bequest isn’t land or money, but something far stranger: a sentient house on chicken legs. 

Thistlefoot, as the house is called, has arrived from the Yagas’ ancestral home in Russia—but not alone. A sinister figure known only as the Longshadow Man has tracked it to American shores, bearing with him violent secrets from the past: fiery memories that have hidden in Isaac and Bellatine’s blood for generations. As the Yaga siblings embark with Thistlefoot on a final cross-country tour of their family’s traveling theater show, the Longshadow Man follows in relentless pursuit, seeding destruction in his wake. Ultimately, time, magic, and legacy must collide—erupting in a powerful conflagration to determine who gets to remember the past and craft a new future.  

An enchanted adventure illuminated by Jewish myth and adorned with lyrical prose as tantalizing and sweet as briar berries, Thistlefoot is an immersive modern fantasy saga by a bold new talent.

 

GennaRose Nethercott is a writer and folklorist. Her first book, The Lumberjack’s Dove, was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and whether authoring novels, poems, ballads, or even fold-up paper cootie catchers, her projects are all rooted in myth—and what our stories reveal about who we are. She tours nationally and internationally performing strange tales (sometimes with puppets in tow) and composing poems-to-order for strangers on an antique typewriter with her team, the Traveling Poetry Emporium. She lives in the woodlands of Vermont, beside an old cemetery. Thistlefoot is her debut novel.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Thistlefoot: A Novel By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593468838
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Anchor - September 13th, 2022

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