River of Teeth (Paperback)

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With overwhelming immigration and a serious food shortage in overcrowded cities, the US government needed a solution. It was the turn of the 20th century and while the country began to worry about a meat shortage, the government concocted a plan to resolve it, as well as solving a few other problems in the meantime. What is the solution you ask? Why hippo ranching of course! In an effort to capitalize on largely unusable grazing land as well as control the invasive water hyacinth, Congress introduced a bill to start hippo ranches in swamps and bayous and sell what newspapers would lovingly refer to as, "lake cow bacon."
In her novella, River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey takes this fascinating bit of history and writes a speculative fiction as if all of this had actually happened. River of Teeth follows a band of rough outlaws types, called Hoppers (essentially Hippo Cowboys), tasked with a seemingly impossible mission to thwart a villainous swamp thug and clear an area of the Louisiana bayou of feral hippos that said swamp thug uses as his best line of defense.
This lovely little book is a riot. A fun romp through the bayou with your trusty hippo and rough neck crew. Essentially, it's a wee western story set in an alternate timeline without the standard heteronormative stereotypes. There is love, heartbreak, revenge and best of all, hippos.
For more info. on hippo ranching in American history check out, https://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/

— Chelsea


A Finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella

Sarah Gailey's wildfire debut River of Teeth is a rollicking alternate history adventure that Charlie Jane Anders calls "preposterously fun."

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

About the Author

Hugo and Campbell finalist SARAH GAILEY came onto the scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online. She is a regular contributor for multiple websites, including Tor.com. Her nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and her fiction has been published internationally. She has a novel forthcoming from Tor Books in Spring 2019. She lives in Oakland, California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780765395238
ISBN-10: 0765395231
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: River of Teeth

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