Grieving over his wife's death, Phil Ainsworth is further shaken by his sister's death and the arrival of his niece Betsy, a child who hears the voices of the dead and sees the forces closing in around the old house he has inherited from his mother.
©1999 James P. Blaylock (P)2014 Audible Studios
"Blaylock allows us to see the mundane world through new eyes, to perceive the familar as strange and therefore fascinating - for what it is as well as for what it might be." (Charles de Lint)"The central conceit of this elegant, accomplished contemporary ghost story is that fuentes - springs in which children have been ritually drowned - are portals of inexact time travel. Ambitious plotting and characterization augment Blaylock's (Winter Tides) lush language (ripples in a well 'cast a hundred shifting shadows... crisscrossing in geometric confusion'). This is one ghostly tale that stands on very solid ground." (Publishers Weekly)"[A] seamlessly produced... intriguing and absorbing work from a major talent." (Kirkus)"Refreshing natural lunacy. Blaylock is a true American original." (Bruce Sterling)"Blaylock continues to extend his range, this time with a novel of quiet - but not entirely psychological - horror. Blaylock constructs what might be described as a leisurely page-turner: one wants to find out what comes next but doesn't feel compelled to rush onward to do so. Fans of horror in general--especially those who don't demand a high body count--as well as dedicated Blaylock fans will be well pleased." (Booklist)"The author of Winter Tides continues to display an uncanny talent for low-key, off-kilter drama, infusing the modern world with a supernatural tint. Blaylock's evocative prose and studied pacing make him one of the most distinctive contributors to American magical realism. Recommended for most libraries." (Library Journal)
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