Susan Richards Shreve

“A thrilling and richly drawn family drama about a daughter’s quest to understand her mother’s mysterious death.”


"Shreve creates a spooky atmosphere with stormy weather, eerie parallels between past and present, and at least one threateningly crazy woman. Even spookier is the backdrop of 20th-century racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigration feelings that are all too familiar today.

Part gothic novel, part adventure story, but primarily a meditation on surmounting misfortunes that may lie beyond an individual’s control." Read more here.


“With a keen sense of place and pacing, Shreve weaves a subtle but unrelenting pattern of malevolence in this portrait of a woman burdened by the sins of her father and sustained by her unshakable belief in his innocence."


Susan Shreve is the author of sixteen novels, most recently You Are the Love of My Life as well as a memoir Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood, thirty books for children and has edited or co-edited five anthologies. She is a Professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program at George Mason University and recently stepped down as Chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She has been the Jenny Moore Writer in residence at George Washington University, a Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction and a recipient of a grant in Fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts.