Come and join The WD in presenting Samantha Mabry and her debut novel A Fierce and Subtle Poison. If you enjoy dabbling in mythology, enigmas and a mingling of cultures
A Fierce and Subtle Poison
by Samantha Mabry
Algonquin Young Readers (2016)
Come and join The WD in presenting Samantha Mabry and her debut novel A Fierce and Subtle Poison. If you enjoy dabbling in mythology, enigmas and a mingling of cultures then add this book to your list. Make sure not to miss this opportunity to welcome Mabry and her “breathtaking” twist on a classic which includes hurricanes, dead nuns and a poison-filled girl.
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.
Samantha Mabry’s debut novel, A Fierce and Subtle Poison was released by Algonquin Young Readers in April of 2016. In addition to it being named to the Spring 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List, NPR called A Fierce and Subtle Poison an “impressive work” that “approaches its themes thoughtfully and with a visceral sense of place,” and the Chicago Tribune praised its “sparklingly sinister blend of natural history and magic, of themes that seem both modern and timeless.” In addition to writing, Samantha Mabry teaches English at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas.
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