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On Sale: 02/10/2001
ISBN: 9780312873110256 Pages
Have you ever loved a magical book above all others? Have you ever wished the magic were real? Welcome to The Land of Laughs. A novel about how terrifying that would be.
Schoolteacher Thomas Abbey, unsure son of a film star, doesn't know who he is or what he wants--in life, in love, or in his relationship with the strange and intense Saxony Gardner. What he knows is that in his whole life nothing has touched him so deeply as the novels of Marshall France, a reclusive author of fabulous children's tales who died at forty-four.
Now Thomas and Saxony have come to France's hometown, the dreamy Midwestern town of Galen, Missouri, to write France's biography. Warned in advance that France's family may oppose them, they're surprised to find France's daughter warmly welcoming instead. But slowly they begin to see that something fantastic and horrible is happening. The magic of Marshall France has extended far beyond the printed page...leaving them with a terrifying task to undertake.
"Look, Thomas, I know you've probably been asked this question a million times before, but what was it really like to be Stephen Abbey's—"
"—Son?" Ah, the eternal question. I recently told my mother that my name isn't Thomas...
Praise for The Land of Laughs
“Jonathan Carroll is a cult waiting to happen.” —Pat Conroy
“The Land of Laughs is a book for anyone who has ever believed that a favorite book could be a safe place to go when things get hard.” —Neil Gaiman
“I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats--with devilish tricks inside them.” —The Washington Post