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The Diviner's Tale
 
 
Author
Bradford Morrow.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780547758657
Pages/Publication Date 311/2012
Daedalus Item Code 31530
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Hired by a developer to dowse a lonely forested valley in upstate New York, Cassandra Brooks comes upon a girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities, however, the body has vanished, calling into question her sanity—at least until a dazed, mute girl emerges from the woods, alive and eerily reminiscent of Cassandra's vision of the hanged girl. Increasingly bizarre divinations ensue, leading Cassandra back to a past she thought long behind her, locking her in a mortal chess match with a killer who haunts her once again. The author of Ariel's Crossing and Giovanni's Gift, as well as the founder of the literary magazine Conjunctions, Bradford Morrow "has constructed an ingeniously plotted mystery that is at the same time a love story—luminous and magical, fraught with suspense, beautifully and subtly rendered—a feat of prose divination" (Joyce Carol Oates).

"Vividly imagined and carefully plotted ... an ambitious book, an attempt to explore the heart's mysteries by means of stories and images of the rolling profusion of language."—NYTBR

"In his sublime new novel ... Bradford Morrow accomplishes the deep, subtle miracle I have been waiting and waiting for someone to effect—he gives us the first novel-length work of fiction that actually does create a seamless breathing breathtaking unity of the literary and the suspense novel. This novel detonates the very notion of genre. And it works because it is riveting, insightful, sentence by sentence charged with feeling, as it bears us helpless with it on its downward journey to illumination."—Peter Straub

 
 
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