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Paul Elwork

Dear Librarians,

I love a good ghost story. I'm also fascinated with belief and its importance in how every one of us encounters the world. What happens when belief gets tied up in powerful emotions like fear and grief?

In my novel THE GIRL WHO WOULD SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (inspired by the true story of the Fox sisters), a twin brother and sister pretend to contact the dead through phantom knocking noises during the summer and fall of 1925. Emily and Michael Stewart practice their trick on neighborhood children interested in encountering the mystery of death and adults with much deeper emotional drives. Along the way, the twins must confront the ghosts of their own family history and navigate a present shadowed by the past. The game of contacting the dead truly becomes a matter of life and death.

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said, "Elwork paints an unforgettable portrait of individuals traumatized by death and unhinged by grief. The subtle and moving portrayal of people in the grip of powerful emotions that overwhelm rational thinking will haunt readers long after they put the book down."

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Paul Elwork
The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead / Paul Elwork / Berkley Trade / Paperback; 336 Pages

Price: $15.00 / ISBN: 978-0425245422 / Published: March, 2012
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