A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in this Nebula Award–nominated and Tiptree Award Honor Book that’s the first novel in a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.
A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.
For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.
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Millicent Roper, formerly a promising young director of independent films, suffers from a mental illness called borderline personality disorder. Though not as devastating as schizophrenia, Millie’s problem was severe enough to lead to a suicide attempt—a jump from the roof of a seven-story building—that resulted in the amputation of both legs, considerable scarring, and the insertion of metal plates and pins throughout her body to repair her many broken bones.
Living voluntarily in a psychiatric treatment facility after recovering from her fall, Millie is startled when a well-dressed stranger, Caryl Vallo, visits and offers her an ill-defined form of employment if she will leave the facility and move into a residence run by the mysterious Arcadia Project. Millie chances accepting Caryl’s offer and soon learns that the Project’s job is attempting to manage relations between the Fey (as it is spelled here) and the human world, which some of the...
Film student and indie director Millie, who lost both her legs in a suicide attempt a year earlier, has been languishing in a mental health facility with no concept of how to move forward with her life. She has been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder and must navigate through life with two prosthetic limbs and extreme and violent mood swings to contend with. When a woman visits her, offering work in a mysterious organization called The Arcadia Project, Millie jumps at the diversion packing her wheelchair and few belongings into a cab and heading back to Los Angeles to accept the position.
I loved this book. I had just about given up on Urban Fantasy as a genre, finding the same formulaic heroines, following the same formulaic patterns, frankly boring. This book was recommended to me by someone who has never liked urban fantasy at all. He told me that the heroine was disabled and suffered from a mental health disorder and I had to at least check it out. I've...
“Borderline” is a cleverly named novel. Its title refers to the protagonist, Millicent Roper, being afflicted with Borderline Personality Disorder; to the boundary between our world and the world of the Fey (which in this story has its own mind-boggling effects); and to the line observers draw between viewing others as people or ignoring them as non-persons unworthy of note—this last reference is particularly significant for Millie, who has had her legs amputated and her face scarred, affecting the way others interact (or don’t interact) with her, and even the way she interacts with herself. It’s also a cleverly written novel, full of cunning prose that can convey both sympathy and sarcasm (sometimes simultaneously).
The novel takes place in a contemporary fantasy version of America. Written like an independently produced film, it makes free use of the language of the cinematic world, and frames scenes as though they were part of a movie,...
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