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Welcome to the world of Jeliza-Rose, the young female narrator of Mitch Cullin's provocative new novel, Tideland. And what exactly has brought Jeliza-Rose from Los Angeles to rural Texas? And why won't her father talk to her anymore, preferring instead to gaze at the wall? And who is making all that racket in the attic? In a story which is at times suspenseful, darkly surreal, and often humorous, Jeliza-Rose drifts from the harsh reality of her childhood, escaping into the fanstasies of her own active imagination where fireflies have names, bog men awaken at dusk, monster sharks swim down railroad tracks, and disembodied Barbie heads share in her adventures.

Publisher: Chester Springs, PA : Dufour Editions, c2000
ISBN: 9780802313355
Branch Call Number: F CUL
Characteristics: 192 p. ; 23 cm


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Dec 31, 2014

The dark and twisted tale Tideland by Mitch Cullen pulls you into the supernatural world of Jeliza-Rose. After the death of her junkie mother, she and her father go in search of his childhood home in rural Texas. They decide to stay despite it being abandoned, but on their first night there her father, Noah, has an overdose and dies, which in turn leaves Jeliza-Rose in the company of her own imagination where squirrels talk and four doll heads are her closest friends. Soon she meets her very interesting neighbors a mentally retarded young man called Dickens and his older sister Dell who is blind in one eye from a bee sting, who offer her slight companionship. As she folds deeper into a life of her imagination little solace is enjoyed and makes you wonder if she will ever find home.

Tideland has also been made into a movie by the visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam, who has also filmed The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Twelve Monkeys. With his amazing eye and unique details he weaves the story perfectly from book to film.


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