Madder Carmine; Or, A Thrilling Account of Gun Battles, Romance, Harrowing Escapes, Unshaven Villains, A Snakebite, A Dubious Circus, A Mysterious Girl With A Palette of Paints and A Young Man's Epic Journey to Find Her
A NovelBook - 2015
crossover appeal for both teens and adults. WINNER, High Plains Book Award, Fall 2016SELECTION, Moonbeam Award, Fall 2016"Madder Carmine is a masterpiece... Enfield's fever dream of a classical quest is dizzying, poetic and original... a major work that deserves to be celebrated." - High Plains Book Award JudgesAfter three years in the Mexican War, color-blind Dannon Lereaux sets out across the mountains in search of "love, red, and a new class of salvation," expecting to find all three in a girl called Madder Carmine.  Set in the year 1849, amidst a vividly reconceived Appalachia, young Dannon has returned from the war only to discover home was finer when remembered from afar. Disenchanted and confused he puts all hope of deliverance in a girl he once met, and, along with an escaped slave named Virgil, he embarks on an epic journey to find her. But hard on their trail is Will Lawson, Virgil's vengeful owner. As Dannon is pushed deeper into the world of the hunted, his mind slips into a world of its own. Suddenly the mountains of his youth are transformed into the Nine Circles of Hell and Virgil becomes his soul-guide through the underworld. With this notion firm in his mind, Dannon commends himself to a surreal journey as he seeks redemption in the heart of the Inferno.
Publisher: Winnipeg, Manitoba :, Enfield & Wizenty,, ©2015.
Branch Call Number: FICTION ENF
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 22 cm