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The Flame Alphabet

The Flame AlphabetTo appreciate this book, you need to accept its sky-high concept: The speech of children suddenly becomes lethal to their parents. The epidemic, which...The Flame AlphabetFictionTo appreciate this book, you need to accept its sky-high concept: The speech of children suddenly becomes lethal to their parents. The epidemic, which...2012-01-18Knopf
SILENT SPEECH An audacious undertaking, Marcus creates a worldwide epidemic that causes children's speech to become lethal to their parents

SILENT SPEECH An audacious undertaking, Marcus creates a worldwide epidemic that causes children's speech to become lethal to their parents

B+

The Flame Alphabet

Genre: Fiction; Author: Ben Marcus; Publisher: Knopf

To appreciate this book, you need to accept its sky-high concept: The speech of children suddenly becomes lethal to their parents. The epidemic, which afflicts only Jews at first, soon spreads to the rest of the world. Barely clinging to life, Sam and his wife Claire escape their daughter Esther and find themselves at a government facility, where they undergo brutal tests. At times The Flame Alphabet is aggressively unpleasant, but for those who can stomach it, Marcus’ novel crackles with vicious intelligence and makes incisive statements about language and family. B+