07/08/2011 // Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA // laurabama // Laura Thomas, author
What would life be like for a young girl living deep within New York City’s subway system? Would she be able to find love, light, or magic down below? Author Laura Thomas answers these questions in her first novel, Shadow Swans (280pp, $9.99 paperback, $2.99 Kindle). With her vivid and alluring prose, Thomas’s story of beauty and adventure in the New York underground quickly sinks its claws into every reader.
Early in the story, we meet Credenza, a shockingly beautiful and well-read young woman who has lived inside the New York City subway system all her life. She meets Ruby Cooper, a filthy rich misanthrope, who lives in an abandoned building adorned with hundreds of hummingbirds she has sculpted out of colored wire. Together, they search for magic in the underground. When they discover a series of government-constructed tunnels connecting all the major cities on the Eastern seaboard, Credenza and Ruby embark upon the greatest, and most dangerous, adventure of their lives.
In her review, literary agent Dana Beck says that Shadow Swans is a “must-read for fans of The Hunger Games,” and she notes, “This book pulls you into a dark and magical world you never want to leave.”
Journalist Lindsay Sterling compliments Thomas’s prose, which she says is “shimmering with tactile pleasure in a paradoxically repulsive underground world.”
Shadow Swans is available through www.amazon.com and www.createspace.com.
Laura Thomas lives in Mammoth Lakes, California, where she’s currently working on her fifth album of original music (www.laurathomasband.com). To support her creative habits, she works for the National Geographic Channel. This is her first novel.
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