“Words like ‘”pretty” and “ugly” exist in a different vocabulary from the one you might invent to describe a face that had to be put back together by a team of surgeons. My face is strange and terrible.” John Darnielle, Wolf in the White Van
Something happened to Sean Phillips when he was 17. Years after accident, he supports himself by running Trace Italian, a text-based mail-in role playing game. The idea for the game came to him almost as a hallucination while he was in and out of consciousness after his accident. Chapters skip back and forth in time, lending a dreamlike feeling to the book. What happened to Sean? Who are Lance and Carrie, and why are Carrie’s parents suing Sean? A gripping and dark read.