Nominated by:

Halifax Public Libraries, Canada

Publisher of nominated edition:

Penguin Group USA

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

Adrianne Harun      

2016 Longlist

In this mysterious and chilling novel, girls, mostly Native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway in the isolated Pacific Northwest. Leo Kreutzer and his friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of enigmatic strangers arrive in their remote mountain town, beguiling and bewitching them. It seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is an unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town, as seductive and beautifully written as the devil’s dark arts are wielded.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Adrianne Harun’s acclaimed story collection, The King of Limbo, was a Sewanee Writer’s Series Selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is her debut novel. Harun’s stories have been widely published in such periodicals as Story, Narrative Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune and also listed as notable in both Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Short Stories. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Librarian’s Comments

This literary novel weaves myth and magical realism to tell several stories. It is the story of a community in a small Northern BC town, and the many stories of missing and murdered (often First Nations) women. The details are rich, the characters are complex, and the flow is captivating. This is an important and engaging first novel.

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