At Briarwood School for Girls

A Novel

Author: Michael Knight

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 0802146309

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5300


The award-winning author of Eveningland “combines a coming-of-age tale, a ghost story and a meditation on history in his engrossing latest novel” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). It’s 1994 and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she’s pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control. Meanwhile, Disney has announced plans to build a new theme park just up the road, a “Technicolor simulacrum of American History” right in the middle of one of the most history-rich regions of the country. If successful, the development will forever alter the character of Prince William County, VA, and have unforeseeable consequences for the school. When the threat of the theme park begins to intrude on the lives of the faculty and students at Briarwood, secrets will be revealed and unexpected alliances will form. Lenore must decide whom she can trust—will it be a middle-aged history teacher struggling to find purpose in his humdrum life? A lonely basketball coach tasked with directing the school play? A reclusive playwright still grappling with her own Briarwood legacy? Or a teenage ghost equally adept at communicating with the living via telephone or Ouija board? Following a cast of memorable characters as they reckon with questions about fate, history, and the possibility of happiness, At Briarwood School for Girls is “an inventive coming of age tale” (Southern Living). “A stunning novel with a hint of the supernatural that’s sure to delight readers.”—Publishers Weekly “Irresistible and satisfying.”—Christine Schutt, author of Florida: A Novel

Altered States

Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism

Author: Marlene Tromp

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079148193X

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 1653


Considers the role of Spiritualism in Victorian culture.

Hot Winter Sun

Author: Jessica Russell

Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

ISBN: 164237993X

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

View: 916


Against the turbulent backdrop of the English Civil War, where political treachery and religious persecution are commonplace, an unlikely romance springs up between Catherine Trefelner, a strikingly beautiful village girl, and Robert Bradshaw, co-heir to one of Cornwall's richest estates. Staunch Royalists, Robert and his twin brother Julian are loyal to the clever, but misguided King Charles, while Catherine's father is a fanatical Puritan, living for the day the Parliamentarian Army unseats the King, and makes Royalist families conform or seek refuge in France. After eloping, the couple return to Briarwood, where Catherine is suddenly transformed from the overworked daughter of a blacksmith to Lady of the Manor. Family members react differently to what is considered an unsuitable match, but Robert, deeply in love with his new wife, knows Catherine will only work a credit to their household. For reasons known only to them, intense animosity exists between Julian and Catherine, yet her remarkable personality and unusual mind work in her favor as she settles into the household. She bonds with the twin's father in a unique and unexpected way, has an amicable relationship with her sister-in-law, and even attempts to charm away the resentment of another family member whom she desperately wants to understand. Ever cynical, Julian continues to question Catherine's motives, but the only true shadow over her happiness is a fear of her father, who has indeed threatened vengeance over her marriage to a Royalist. On the verge of making peace with Julian, Catherine could never envision the tragedy about to strike and Julian’s heinous accusations in its wake. Grief-stricken, she flees England to the family's consternation, only to discover it was a dreadful mistake. In an abrupt and stunning twist of fate, Catherine has no choice but to return to Briarwood and throw herself on Julian's mercy, knowing that he is as unpredictable as she is constant. But is she running back to safety or into even greater danger? Culminating with a shocking answer to what all believed was an unsolvable murder and Catherine's close call as the second victim, Hot Winter Sun is ultimately a tale of love, hate, revenge, envy, mercy and redemption during one of the most chaotic and unstable times in England's history.

The Witches of Briarwood

Author: Amelia Allen

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1329647211

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 578


There's word of a curse put on the town of Briarwood, by the spirits of the dead Matland witches. But curses aren't real, and neither are witches--Will knows that. When he sets out to find what is plaguing their town and happens upon the mysterious beauty in the woods, he doesn't expect her to be who everyone thinks she is; he doesn't expect what happens next at all.

Daughter of the Blood

Author: Anne Bishop

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101212400

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 4107


In the first novel in New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s beloved Black Jewels Trilogy, a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels will meet their once and future queen… Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence—and corruption. Whoever controls the Queen controls the darkness. Three men—sworn enemies—know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love—and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining...

Ghosts II

More True Stories from British Columbia

Author: Robert C. Belyk

Publisher: Horsdal & Schubart

ISBN: 9780920663554

Category: Apparitions British Columbia

Page: 159

View: 3617


Ghosts II is a selection of stories about the haunted houses, hotels, pubs, theatres and stretches of highways in British Columbia. Call them ghosts, haunts, visitations or paranormal happenings unexplained things do happen to rational sensible people. Even the most suspicious might think twice after reading this book.

Within These Walls

Author: Ania Ahlborn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476783799

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 9825


In her all-new supernatural thriller, bestselling indie horror author Ania Ahlborn asks: How far would you go for success? What would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real? With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed-up true-crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback, one more shot at the bestselling success he once enjoyed. His chance comes when he’s promised exclusive access to death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the notorious cult leader and mass murderer who’s ready to break his silence after thirty years, and who contacted Lucas personally from his maximum-security cell. With nothing left to lose, Lucas leaves New York to live and work from the scene of the crime: a split-level farmhouse on a gray-sanded beach in Washington State whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners—runaways who were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. There, Lucas sets out to capture the real story of the departed faithful. Except that he’s not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.