“When Cora's Aunt Ruth, whom she hasn't seen since childhood, shows up on her doorstep, mute yet demanding Cora follow her, Cora makes a split-second decision to do that to escape her dead-end job and the father of the baby she is carrying. The tale of the road trip that follows and the details of Ruth's past are told in alternating chapters until they merge. The cast of characters and settings are mysterious and creepy, like something out of a David Lynch movie. Readers will be compelled to keep the pages turning until the secrets are revealed.”
— Kelley Drahushuk (W), The Spotty Dog, Hudson, NY
A New York Times Editors' Choice * A Paris Review Staff Pick * An Indie Next Pick
"Hypnotic and glowing." -- New York Times Book Review
"An intriguing mystery with clues, suspense, enigmas galore, and an exhilarating, witty, poignant paean to the unexplainable, the unsolvable, the irreducibly mysterious." -- Boston Globe
Ruth and Nat are seventeen. They are orphans. And they may be able to talk to the dead. Enter Mr. Bell, a con man with his own mystical interests. Together they embark on an unexpected journey that connects meteor sites, utopian communities, lost mothers, and a scar that maps its way across Ruth's face.
Decades later and after years of absence, Ruth visits her niece, Cora. But while Ruth used to speak to the dead, she now won't speak at all. She leads Cora on a mysterious mission that involves crossing the entire state of New York on foot. Where is she taking them? And who--or what--is hidden in the woods at the end of the road?
"An escapist adventure, a gothic page-turner that is also so finely crafted that you'll feel enriched as well as transported for having read it." -- Esquire
"An American gothic fever dream." -- Chicago Tribune
"Gripping." -- TheNew Yorker
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