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Alphabetique, 26 Characteristic Fictions
Molly Peacock
McClelland & Stewart
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Take the sumptuousness of Molly Peacock's own #1 bestselling The Paper Garden, the extraordinary creative variety of The Bedside Book of Birds, and the cat-nip-for-language-geeks appeal of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, and wrap it around tales rich with wisdom and humanity, and you get Alphabetique: the most gorgeous gift book of the season.
Molly Peacock has written a new classic, a book of magical tales inspired by the lives of the letters of the alphabet.
Alphabetique, or Tales from the Lives of the Letters is one-of-a-kind, but nevertheless fits perfectly with Molly Peacock's extraordinary body of work, drawing on the same wellsprings of creativity and artistry as her poetry and her nonfiction, especially The Paper Garden. These 26 charming, incisive, sensual stories of love, yearning, and self-discovery are complimented by Kara Kosaka's layered, jewel-bright collages.

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MOLLY PEACOCK is a poet, essayist and nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is the #1 bestselling The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72. She is also the author of the memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece. Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush. She is a Contributing Editor to the Literary Review of Canada, the editor of an anthology of essays, The Private I, and of How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle. Widely anthologized, her work appears in The Oxford Book of American Poetry, The Best of the Best American Poetry, and The Best American Essays. A dual citizen of the US and Canada, Molly Peacock is a former New Yorker who makes her home in Toronto with her husband, two cats, and a jam-packed terrace garden. Visit her at

International praise for Molly Peacock:
"She has a luxuriantly sensual imagination -- and an equally sensual feel for the language." Washington Post
"Peacock's prose is a delight.... Fascinating, uplifting and beautiful." Vancouver Sun
"There's a delicious tang to Peacock's vital poems -- a taste of earth, salty and laced with iron.... Gratifyingly lucid poems that mesh a rich physicality with arresting emotional precision." Booklist
Praise for The Paper Garden:
"A rumination on art and the blossoming beauty of self that can be the gift of age and love." Kirkus Reviews

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