Shadows in Summerland: A Novel

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“An extraordinary novel certain to enchant readers of Sarah Waters . . . [a] gothic tale rich in atmosphere and unforgettable characters, dead and alive.” —Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth
 
In 1859 Boston, as the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, confidence men prowl the streets for fresh marks. Mediums swindle the newly bereaved. Into this world of illusion and intrigue comes William Mumler, a manipulating mastermind and criminal jeweler. Mumler hopes to make his fortune by photographing spirits for Boston’s elite. The key to his venture: a shy girl named Hannah who sees and manifests the dead and washes up on Boston’s harbor along with her strange, intense mother, Claudette.
 
As Mumler and Hannah’s fame grows throughout Boston, everybody wants a piece: Bill Christian, a brothel tough; Algernon Child, a drunken rival; Fanny A. Conant, a sly suffragette; and William Guay, a religious fanatic. These rogues, among a host of others, including the great spirit rapper Kate Fox, form powerful bonds with the spirit photographers, one of which will end in murder. Mumler’s first and last mistake: the dead cannot be made to heel.
 
Roughly based on the real-life story of William H. Mumler and his wife, Shadows in Summerland is a “gothic tale of greed, obsession, and murder” that pays homage to the golden age of literary ghost stories while adding its own modern twists (Publishers Weekly).
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About the author

The Man Who Noticed Everything, Adrian Van Young's first book of fiction, won Black Lawrence Press' 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award and was published in 2013. His fiction and non- fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Lumina, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The American Reader, Black Warrior Review, The Collagist, VICE, The Believer and Slate, as well as States of Terror Volume II and Gigantic Worlds: A Flash Science Fiction Anthology, among many other publications. He is a regular contributor to the literature website, Electricliterature.com, and the author of The Murder Chronicles: A New Orleans Murder Mystery, a interactive, serialized mystery novella on Open Road Media's crime website, The Lineup. Shadows in Summerland is his first novel.

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Publisher
ChiZine
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Published on
May 1, 2016
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Pages
340
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ISBN
9781771483841
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Gothic
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Fiction / Thrillers / Historical
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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