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Bats of the republic: an illuminated novel

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New York : Doubleday, [2015].
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xi, 450 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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"Archetypes of the cowboy story, tropes drawn from sci-fi, love letters, diaries, confessions all abound in this relentlessly engaging tale. Dodson has quite brilliantly exposed the gears and cogs whirring in the novelist’s imagination. It is a mad and beautiful thing.
—Keith Donohue, The Washington Post

Winner of Best of Region for the Southwest in PRINT’s 2016 Regional Design Awards

Bats of the Republic is an illuminated novel of adventure, featuring hand-drawn maps and natural history illustrations, subversive pamphlets and science-fictional diagrams, and even a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel—an intrigue wrapped in innovative design.
     In 1843, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas must leave his beloved in Chicago to deliver a secret letter to an infamous general on the front lines of the war over Texas. The fate of the volatile republic, along with Zadock’s future, depends on his mission. When a cloud of bats leads him off the trail, he happens upon something impossible...
     Three hundred years later, the world has collapsed and the remnants of humanity cling to a strange society of paranoia. Zeke Thomas has inherited a sealed envelope from his grandfather, an esteemed senator. When that letter goes missing, Zeke engages a fomenting rebellion that could free him—if it doesn’t destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.
     As their stories overlap and history itself begins to unravel, a war in time erupts between a lost civilization, a forgotten future, and the chaos of the wild. Bats of the Republic is a masterful novel of adventure and science fiction, of elliptical history and dystopian struggle, and, at its riveting core, of love.

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APA Citation (style guide)

Dodson, Z. T. (2015). Bats of the republic: an illuminated novel. First edition. New York, Doubleday.

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Dodson, Zachary Thomas. 2015. Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel. New York, Doubleday.

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Dodson, Zachary Thomas, Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel. New York, Doubleday, 2015.

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Dodson, Zachary Thomas. Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel. First edition. New York, Doubleday, 2015.

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