The Last to See Me: A Novel

Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
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For fans of Lauren Oliver and Kazuo Ishiguro, The Last to See Me is a spellbinding American ghost story deftly weaving past and present into an unforgettable narrative about a young woman's fight for a life of her own—long after her life is over.

Over one hundred years ago, Emma Rose Finnis was born and died in the remote northern California town she now haunts. When she was alive, she was a lowly chambermaid and worse, a Finnis. Now, no one remembers her hardworking life and her grand dreams—because there are none left to remember. In a world where phantoms are considered "unclean," the spirits of her town have already been swept away. All except Emma Rose.

But when a determined hunter arrives with instructions to extinguish her once and for all, Emma Rose refuses to be hounded from her haunt, the stately Lambry Mansion. She's earned her place and she’ll keep it—even if it means waging a war on the living. After all, she's got nothing left to lose. The same might not be said for those who still enjoy the luxury of a breath . . .
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About the author

M Dressler’s work has been praised by the New York Times as “splendid” and by Library Journal as the writing of a “natural-born storyteller.” She is the critically-acclaimed author of novels, novellas, and essays, and her stories and nonfiction have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Lit Hub, among others. Her honors include the Fulbright Fellowship and the Paisano Fellowship in Literature, as well as writing residencies at Hedgebrook and the Carson McCullers Center. She is a professor and current writer-in-residence at Guilford College in North Carolina. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and in Moab, Utah.
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Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
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Sep 5, 2017
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Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Literary
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Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice takes us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point, and further explores the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.

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Andrew Dressler, my life, my love, my inspiration (3 craniotimies & 11 nuero surgeries at 15 years old) I inspire through my accident that happened at 15 years old. As i'm biographically talking of my accident and different views from family. I speak of songs, beliefs, & poetry. 'I’ll realize, or my family will remind me, “Hey Andrew you're doing alright. You have life. You've been given a second chance. Be happy and satisfied with what you have, not so much for what you desire." And my head won't feel dizzy anymore.' I speak of my hunger & devotion that drives me. I speak of significance laughter is in life, myself & recoperation. I talk about day of accident, hospital stay, & my 3 month coma, life as I awoke, my craniotimies (removal of skull), & Therapy's. I talk about how my nuero surgeon was also a professor at university of Miami & taught courses on my cranial plastic skull he molded for me after 2 prior & failed attempts to implant back into my head my real skull. I speak of my outlook&beliefs, ‘I am the one who doesn't give up on things. Life's the brilliant dance, it's how we live, who we are, & our energy moves us. We walk beside those who need are help. So we help them." I speak of college, jobs while in college. I talk of my move to Pittsburgh & give summary.'Don't look at what you've lost or what if. Keep your vision clear, beautiful and looking straight towards the next moment.' I'll go on to talk of my beliefs & philosophy for life There's nothing to fear, but fear itself. Questions/Comments:
Believing that the benefit outweighs the risk, Dick Dressler, a financial planner and insurance specialist, arrives at the doorstep of a drug dealer. Though its unusual for such a respectable looking fellow to have any reason to be there, looks can be deceiving. Dick is on a mission. With the same matter-of-factness he would display in presenting a pension plan to a client, he will clean up one of the many messes in his lifethis one caused by the eldest of his three sons. The caretaker of his family, Dick manages one crisis after the other, one day at a time. As his youngest son struggles with Cystic Fibrosis and the other two battle drug addictions and personal demons, a series of bizarre and tragic events unfold, evoking intense emotions and challenges. Through each ordeal that arises from circumstances and choices, Dick reveals an incredible capacity to focus on anything good and positive he can find or create along the way. Incredibly, he and his wife Judy manage to stay together, keeping their family intact during the toughest times. Never accepting defeat, Dick maintains his passion for life while making the most of each day. His decisions will be controversial to some readers, but Dick makes no excuses. Instead, he aims to inspire compassion among those who stand by in judgment and to spark hope in those who are struggling through hardships. With an unusual capacity to nurture and love unconditionally, Dick shares his life to show that problems exist in all families, so rather than suffering in silence, he encourages loved ones to seek insights and support from others who understand.
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