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Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date July 1, 2005
Pages 315
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780765312785
ISBN-10 0765312786
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Having recently moved to a bohemian Toronto neighborhood, middle-aged entrepreneur Alan learns his next-door neighbor's struggle to conceal her wings and hides his own secrets about his unusual family, which includes Russian nesting doll brothers, one of whom is bent on revenge. By the author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. 20,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
With Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Eastern Standard Tribe, Cory Doctorow established himself as one of the leading voices of next-generation SF: inventive, optimistic, and comfortable with the sheer strangeness of tomorrow. Now Doctorow returns with a novel of wrenching oddity, heartfelt technological vision, and human pity set on the streets of Toronto today.

Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in the bohemian neighborhood of Kensington. This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door, including a young woman who, in a moment of stress, reveals to him that she has wings--wings, moreover, which grow back after each attempt to cut them off.

Alan understands. He himself has a secret or two. His father is a mountain; his mother is a washing machine; and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls.

Now two of the three nesting dolls, Edward and Frederick, are on his doorstep--well on their way to starvation, because their innermost member, George, has vanished. It appears that yet another brother, Davey, who Alan and his other siblings killed years ago, may have returned...bent on revenge.

Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity, a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city's dumpsters. But Alan's past won't leave him alone--and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and all his friends.

Wildly imaginative, constantly whipsawing us between the preposterous, the amazing, and the deeply felt, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town is unlike any novel you have ever read.


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Hardcover
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from Tor Books (July 1, 2005)
9780765312785 | details & prices | 315 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Having recently moved to a bohemian Toronto neighborhood, Alan learns his next-door neighbor's struggle to conceal her wings and hides his own secrets about his unusual family, which includes Russian nesting doll brothers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780765312808
 
from Createspace Independent Pub (October 7, 2015)
9781517691202 | details & prices | 306 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.69 in. | List price $15.99
Reprint edition from Tor Books (May 30, 2006)
9780765312808 | details & prices | 315 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $18.99
About: Having recently moved to a bohemian Toronto neighborhood, middle-aged entrepreneur Alan learns his next-door neighbor's struggle to conceal her wings and hides his own secrets about his unusual family, which includes Russian nesting doll brothers, one of whom is bent on revenge.
Miscellaneous
1 edition from Tor Books (May 30, 2006)
9781429989077 | details & prices | 320 pages | List price $9.99
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781483079776 Book cover for 9781483079783
 
Mp3 una edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (March 3, 2015)
9781483079776 | details & prices | List price $29.95
About: [Read by Bronson Pinchot] From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow comes a story about a man whose father is a mountain and whose mother is a washing machine - an utterly strange yet fascinating fantasy tale.
With Bronson Pinchot (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (March 3, 2015)
9781483079783 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $34.95
About: [Read by Bronson Pinchot] From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow comes a story about a man whose father is a mountain and whose mother is a washing machine - an utterly strange yet fascinating fantasy tale.

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