Sip (Hardcover)

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Dark, different, and fantastically written, Brian Allen Carr's Sip is an adventure. This book is as refreshing as it is lyrical. Carr introduces a simple concept that causes the downfall of his world. People are Shadow Addicts. By drinking your shadow or the shadows of others you become something else, something twisted and dark. Carr's work is an exploration of the devastating effects of addiction, while he does not offer a solution or forgiveness, he lets the characters live their lives as they please. This book will not disappoint.

— Kelli O'Malley


A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival at the height of an epidemic.

It started with a single child and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, artificial lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure glow of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to drink the shadows of others or go mad.

One hundred and fifty years later, what's left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome cities who are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted =friend Murk, and an ex-domer named Bale search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness--but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley's Comet, which is only days away.

About the Author

Brian Allen Carr splits his time between Indiana and Texas. He is the winner of a Wonderland Book Award and Texas Observer Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Hobart, Boulevard and others publications. Sip is his first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616958275
ISBN-10: 1616958278
Publisher: Soho Press
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English