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American Hippo
River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and New Stories
By (author): Sarah Gailey
Sarah Gailey





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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 22, 2018
Print Run: 25000
$25.99 CAD


8.57in x 5.2 x 0.83 in | 250 gr

Page Count:

304 pages


FICTION / Alternative History

In 2017 Sarah Gailey made her debut withRiver of Teeth andTaste of Marrow, two action-packed novellas that introduced readers to an alternate America in which hippos rule the colossal swamp that was once the Mississippi River. Now readers have the chance to own both novellas inAmerican Hippo, a single, beautiful volume.

Years ago, in an America that never was, the United States government introduced herds of hippos to the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This plan failed to take into account some key facts about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

By the 1890s, the vast bayou that was once America's greatest waterway belongs to feral hippos, and Winslow Houndstooth has been contracted to take it back. To do so, he will gather a crew of the damnedest cons, outlaws, and assassins to ever ride a hippo.American Hippo is the story of their fortunes, their failures, and his revenge.

Hugo and Campbell award finalist Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. Their most recent fiction credits include Mothership Zeta, Fireside Fiction, and the Speculative Bookshop Anthology. Their debut novella duology, River of Teeth, was published in 2017 via Tor.com. They have a novel forthcoming from Tor Booksin Spring 2019. Gailey lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with their two scrappy dogs. You can find links to their work at www.sarahgailey.com; find them on social media @gaileyfrey.

"Man-eating hippo mayhem is my new favorite mayhem. Gailey's debut is a gift of violent, unexpected glee and I can't wait for more capers with Winslow Houndstooth and Ruby the stealth hippo." ?Kevin Hearne,New York Times bestselling author

"This hippopotamus epic is just as preposterously fun as you could possibly have hoped ? but it's also a brave, clever alternate history.River of Teeth packs one hell of a gold-plated bite." ?Charlie Jane Anders, author ofAll the Birds in the Sky

?Weird and wonderful,River of Teethproves handily why Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.? ?Chuck Wendig,New York Times bestselling author ofStar Wars: Aftermath andInvasive

"Blisteringly imaginative, and written with a sly, sharp wit." ?Kate Elliott

"A rowdy, rollicking river ride from a sly and whimsical new writer. A damned fine adventure foreveryone. And I haven't even mentioned the hippos yet. Get reading." ?Kameron Hurley, Hugo Award-winning author ofMirror Empire andThe Geek Feminist Revolution

"River of Teeth is a wonderfully original debut." ?NPR

"This is a thing I now know about Sarah Gailey: she is a word-magician who can render searing touch on a flat page and suspend disbelief flawlessly. The world ofRiver of Teeth feels vast, and navigable due to her skill. The characters within, deep and yet intimately knowable." ?Fran Wilde, Nebula-nominated, Andre Norton- and Compton Crook-winning author ofUpdraft andCloudbound

"I love Sarah Gailey'sRiver of Teeth. It is sexy and raucous and wild and beautiful and violent?aka, everything I've ever wanted from a lawless caper through the American West. Gailey's storytelling is clever and top-notch, andRiver of Teeth will leave you with adrenaline humming through your veins. I can't recommend this highly enough." ?Alyssa Wong, Nebula Award-winning author of "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers"

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