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“Yes, in the land of American Idol and The Bachelor, there remains a segment of the public that relishes experimental fiction that challenges the heart and the mind. Vernon's second novel explores the disjointed reality of a teenage black girl in rural Mississippi. After a fall from a tree, the girl’s perceptions are both sharpened and blunted.” USA Today
978-0-8021-4199-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • May 2005
A taut emotional powerhouse of a second novel about an unusual young girl grappling with her burgeoning adolescence, by an author whose writing The New York Times Book Review called “a startling reminder of how forceful Southern magic can be”
After The New York Times Book Review raved that Olympia Vernon’s first novel, Eden, was “a startling reminder of how forceful Southern magic can be,” Vernon returns to the Deep South for the story of Logic, a young girl struggling to free herself from the unspeakable condition she refers to as “the butterflies floating inside” her.
As a child Logic Harris survived a fall from a treean accident that precipitated her transformation into a young girl lost in her own world. Logic’s mother has secretly wished that Logic had not survived, and she now ignores the increasingly apparent evidence of the aberrant attention Logic’s father bestows upon his daughter in her adolescence. As her mother retreats into her work as a neighborhood midwife and Logic’s father collapses into paranoia, Logic is left to navigate alone what she scarcely understands. In inspired prose, stunning in its imaginative authority, Logic is a chilling allegory about the dangers of silence and a searing portrait of a girl lost in shame and fear, and a family and community too scarred by their own wounds to save her.