We Never Talk About My Brother

by Peter S. Beagle
Release date: March 2009
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, short stories

World Fantasy Award nominee 2010.

The extraordinary stories in this new contemporary fantasy collection show a mature, darker side of the author of The Last Unicorn, in modern parables of love, death, and transformation shadowed lightly with melancholy.

The Angel of Death enjoys newfound celebrity while moonlighting as an anchorman on the network news; King Pelles the Sure, the shortsighted ruler of a gentle realm, betrays himself in dreaming of a "manageable war"; an American librarian discovers that, much to his surprise and sadness, he is also the last living Frenchman; and rivals in a supernatural battle forgo pistols at dawn, choosing instead to duel with dramatic recitations of terrible poetry.

Featuring several previously unpublished stories alongside recently published classics, this is a lovely, haunting, and wholly-satisfying read.

updated 2010-09-07

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