Let the Dark Flower Blossom: A Novel

Coffee House Press
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“An ambitious, poignant and sharp-tongued novel filled with secrets and ghosts, jealousy and love.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Sheldon and Eloise Schell are twins, orphans, and the estranged college companions of the rich, scandalous, celebrated Roman Stone. Now Roman is dead, murdered with a pair of scissors in his living room, and Eloise and Sheldon must separately tease out the secrets—a burning house, a murdered girl—that were the one story they could never tell.
 
Moving between the muffled plush of wintry Chicago, the fogbound darkness of a Lake Superior island, and the even darker precincts of memory, Let the Dark Flower Blossom is a book about the pull of the closed door. It is about the small pleasure of being right, the tremendous thrill of doing wrong, and the lengths writers will go to—lie, steal, kill—to get the perfect story.
 
“As rewarding as it is challenging, this book is a great alternative to a beach read for those who love literary mysteries . . . Recommended for those who thought that even Gone Girl didn't have enough troubled characters and unforeseen twists.” —Library Journal
 
“[A] puzzle of a book, [Let the Dark Flower Blossom] engages one’s attention through staccato prose and a number of interrelated and compelling characters. [T]his ‘existential murder mystery’ . . . will reward attentive readers.” —Booklist
 
“A splendid, leisurely meditation on the meaning of fame, identity, and love.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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About the author

Norah Labiner is the author of three novels: Our Sometime Sister, Miniatures, and German for Travelers. She has received a Minnesota Book Award for Literary Fiction, as well as fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been recognized by the American Library Association, the Jewish Book Council, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series.
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Publisher
Coffee House Press
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Published on
Apr 12, 2013
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Pages
359
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ISBN
9781566893312
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Gothic
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
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This content is DRM protected.
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