SCENES FROM THE LIVES OF MY PARENTS Pattie McCarthy

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Limited-edition handmade chapbook
5.5 x 4.25 inches
28 pages
Full-color inkjet cover on 80lb cream stock
24lb natural white text interior
Hand-sewn binding in natural twine

Excerpt

when presented with the word puzzles
LO_AL & THR_ _T men were more
likely to complete the puzzles with neutral
words like LOCAL & THROAT but women
were more likely to choose LOYAL & THREAT.
this breakthrough on the cryptographic
systems was accomplished entirely through
sweat-of-the-brow analysis without
the aid of any captured codebooks.

In twenty-one brief but concentrated pieces, scenes from the lives of my parents presents a fragmented narrative, a love story, a spy story, a compelling mystery for the codebreaking reader to crack. The cover design is a detail from the Voynich Manuscript, a โ€œscientific or magical text in an unidentified language, in cipher,โ€ carbon-dated to the 15th century, with color botanical and astrological illustrations throughout.

scenes from the lives of my parents was the sixth chapbook in the 2012โ€“2013 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series was released in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies, followed by a digital release.ย scenes from the lives of my parents is also included in our first chapbook-compilation volume, BOUND: The First Array.

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Author

McCarthy, Pattie