On Sale: June 7, 2017
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After his mother's death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent
to live on a small South Carolina island with his great
aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt
Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a
ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it
regularly after she'd moved there thirty years ago
because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually
she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture
its utter desolation.
The islanders call it "Grief Cottage," because a boy and
his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty
years before. Their bodies were never found and the
cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely
hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and
keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage
daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer,
even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal
himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and
uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts
the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is
friendly or follows some sinister agenda.
Grief Cottage is the best sort of ghost story, but it is
far more than that--an investigation of grief, remorse,
and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of
this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on
a South Carolina beach.
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