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Grief cottage : a novel

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2017
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.

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  • 9781632867049 (hardcover)
  • 9781632867049
  • 1632867044

Description: 324 pages ; 24 cm

LCCN: 2016036527

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Betts, Doris — Godwin and Betts are both skilled storytellers emphasizing strong female characters, often with a coming-of-age theme. Their straightforward and engagingly descriptive prose draws the reader into the story, nearly always set in the South, where the interesting characters come to life in the reader's imagination. -- Katherine Johnson
Smith, Lee, 1962- — Gail Godwin and Lee Smith's novels generally emerge through the voices of strong women and girls, whether through first-person or third-person narrative. There is often a coming-of-age theme or one of self-discovery, and the stories generally unfold in the South, though Smith's are more likely to be historical fiction. -- Katherine Johnson
Gibbons, Kaye, 1960- — These authors' works are Heartwarming, Reflective, and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Women's lives and relationships' and 'Historical fiction' and the subjects 'North Carolina', 'Husband and wife', and 'Small town life'.
Frazier, Charles, 1950- — These authors' works are Stylistically complex, Lyrical, and Richly detailed, and they share: the genres 'Historical fiction' and 'Literary fiction' and the subject 'North Carolina'.
Brooks, Geraldine; Jones, Edward P. — These authors' works are Lyrical, Richly detailed, and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Historical fiction' and 'Literary fiction' and the subject 'Husband and wife'.
McLain, Paula — These authors' works are Lyrical and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Historical fiction' and the subject 'Husband and wife'.
Schwarz, Christina — These authors' works are Stylistically complex and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Historical fiction' and the subject 'Husband and wife'.
McEwan, Ian — These authors' works are Reflective, Stylistically complex, and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Historical fiction' and 'Literary fiction' and the subjects 'Husband and wife' and 'Men/women relations'.
Kinsella, Sophie — These authors' works are Heartwarming and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Women's lives and relationships' and the subjects 'Husband and wife' and 'Men/women relations'.
Gregory, Philippa — These authors' works are Richly detailed and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Historical fiction' and the subjects 'Husband and wife' and 'Men/women relations'.
Green, Jane, 1968- — These authors' works are Heartwarming and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Women's lives and relationships' and 'Domestic fiction' and the subjects 'Husband and wife' and 'Men/women relations'.

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