A darkly beautiful, surreal novel about children trapped in an obscure sex trade.
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The Petals of Your Eyes (Starcherone/Dzanc 2014) a surrealist novel about kidnapped girls trapped in a secret theater.
Along with Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts, Dennis Cooper's The Marbled Swarm, and Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory, it was cited in an A.V. Club Reading List by Brian Evenson entitled "6 Novels that Justify Making you Sick to Your Stomach."
“Captured girls in cabinets with curiosities. One is my sister, and the other my lover.” The concept is boldly creepy, the language eerily elegant, and the result not surreal entertainment but a pointed look at how the helpless, particularly women, are used and abused.
VERDICT Highly recommended for readers on the edge. -- Library Journal
“[Parkison] unfolds a fairy tale so harrowing it reads like a screen memory—so harrowing it must be true.” -- Joyelle McSweeney,
The Brooklyn Rail
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In a lovely mansion tucked in the shadows of an unnamed jungle, there is a secret theater where kidnapped children are kept in cabinets and sold to "theatergoers" as part of an obscure sex trade. Aimee . Exotic birds fly among leather-masked falcons that attack the faces of powerless actors. The bones of infants are dug up and strung into puppets to amuse the children. In such a world, beauty only sharpens terror, luring the reader in before revealing the horrors of sadism, lust and the insatiable thirst for power.