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Swallowtail [Kindle Edition]

Sheri Meshal
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Book Description

Chicago wife, mother and finance executive Claire Cummings, arrives at work one morning to discover her friend Julia has embezzled millions and vanished. Blindsided and devastated by the betrayal, she’s sent home pending further investigation. Claire’s bizarre death the following day sends everyone reeling, guessing and looking for her in all the wrong places. In no time she's addicted to an enchanting menagerie of tricks and techniques for getting the living's attention, but most people are harder to reach than she'd ever dreamed and even harder to set free.

She was still a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend... she'd move heaven and earth to keep it that way.

Sheri Meshal’s Swallowtail is a haunting story about life, love, loss and just how far we’ll go to control it all.

This debut from a thought-provoking new voice in fiction begs the question… what would you do if all the rules changed, and you were suddenly bestowed powers beyond your greatest imagination?

Editorial Reviews


A captivating novel about love, redemption and the supernatural. --Kirkus Review

About the Author

Sheri Meshal is an author by day and chauffeur by night... for a tad bit longer. Swallowtail took over six years to write and was inspired by bizarre events which occurred shortly after her father's passing in 1998. Best friends, they'd engaged in countless conversations regarding the possibility of life after death and enjoyed sharing books on the subject years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After a myriad of unexplainable events, Sheri realized had she died first, she would've done everything in her power to get her father's attention and show him all the things she could do. Her father had informed her that she was a writer long before she could begin to accept the possibility. In her heart, she knew he should've been the writer, and if she did possess any talent for it, it was due to his DNA. She began writing for both of them and often wondered if he helped her, as crucial research repeatedly found its way to her by the strangest means. When she met medium Jonathan Louis, he desperately tried to avoid a cliche topic. Exasperated, he finally gave in saying, "I don't want to say this. Whenever I do, the room goes crazy. Sometimes it just is what it is and nothing more, but what does it mean when I say the word butterfly to you?" Overcome with emotion, she confessed she'd written a novel titled Swallowtail about a dead woman communicating with her friends and family. He answered softly with a smile, "He helps you." For the full story visit Sheri Meshal's blog at :

Product Details

  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481161660
  • Publisher: Sheri Meshal (September 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009913Q98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
From the moment I started reading Swallowtail, I realized it was not a novel I would be able to put down easily.

Sheri Meshal brought to her debut novel the sensibility of a writer who has obviously loved, and lost loved ones.
Yet, her take is by no means depressive or defeatist. On the contrary, Swallowtail screams hope, love and
the possibility of us all to better ourselves; by simply opening our hearts and minds to love, and compassion.

In life, Claire is a great worman. A busy, modern wife and mother working for a bank in Chicago, who struggles
to make those around her happy. Compassionate, funny, void of any prejudice. She is far from perfect,
but she's solid, ethical and principled.

But, it is in Claire's death - to her surprise, and mine - that she fully manages to reach her full potential.

At times, I was reminded of Dante's journey in search of his beloved Beatrice. However, in Sheri Meshal's vision
of the afterlife, we create our own hell, and we can always be guided out of it, provided we are willing
to let go of the things that led us there in the first place.

I could go on for hours, but I really don't want to give out the whole story.
I truly believe it deserves to be read in full.

My only comment to the author, should she ever read this, would be: have you thought of making a
screen-play adaptation of this story?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Moving, Beautiful Debut Novel October 10, 2012
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As you begin to read "Swallowtail," you become engrossed in what seems to be an intriguing bank heist mystery. But as soon as the reader gets to know and like the main character, Claire, she dies, leaving you to wonder what is left to fill the next 250 pages.

As it turns out, a lot.

In "Swallowtail" author Sheri Meshal takes a controversial subject the existence and content of which has been debated for thousands of years - the afterlife - and turns it inside-out. Her vision of what comes after corporeal life is fascinating, insightful, and almost seductive as she weaves concepts from many of the world's religions into a credible, aspirational truth that transcends dogma and denomination.

On the way, our heroine finds the justice, peace and understanding that she needs to advance her spirit forward toward perfect enlightenment.

Swallowtail is the most moving, beautiful novel I've read in years. Meshal understands storytelling and has mastered the art of creating believable, living characters. The dialogue flows evenly and the pace is taut. Swallowtail gives new meaning to the term, "page-turner."
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A luminous first novel September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Sheri Meshal's Swallowtail is a luminous first novel, suffused with a glowing belief in the human spirit and the redemptive power of love and forgiveness. Swallowtail will transport you as it pulls back the veils of altered existence and consciousness and renews our faith in the undying nature of the human spirit and the ultimate power of sacrifice.
Swallowtail is at times a sweetly painful, yet joyous read whose images will linger in the back of your mind like a sign from the departed. Its central character, Claire embarks on a vividly imagined journey of the soul, discovering an amazingly interconnected life path brought to light through her urgent need to care for the family she left behind. The lessons learned though her journey bring her to a momentous decision and a commitment to a life path unlike anything she has known before.
Swallowtail will change the way you think about life and afterlife in ways both subtle and profound.
Richard E. Crabbe
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swallowtail review February 23, 2013
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition
Although the premise of this story was intriging, I found myself reading and reading hoping it would get better (all the 5 stars couldn't be wrong) but after sticking it out to well over halfway through, I gave it up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swallowtail April 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First let me say, I love the cover of this book! It's so pretty - and captivating. I was equally captivated by the story... for a while.

Sheri writes in a way that connects you with the characters. From the beginning, I was drawn in by her writing style and the story itself. I found myself empathizing with Claire and feeling the pain of potentially losing everything.

When things ventured into the afterlife, I still found the story interesting and wanted to read more. Unfortunately, when the main plot turned to reincarnation and spirit guides I was a bit thrown off. It's not that spirituality is a reason to stop reading a book, I am quite spiritual myself. It just seemed so far from where I thought the book was going and I'm personally not fond of reading about this type of spirituality.

If that's something you enjoy reading then this would be good book for you.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Swallowtail February 24, 2013
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This book started off with interesting storyline, no doubt, but I just couldn't accept the way it played out and then ended. There were too many loose ends and too many undeveloped and unfinished relationships. Other reviewers said it gave them hope in this life and for possibilities in the next, but it didn't do that for me at all. Instead, I found the storyline disjointed and depressing and when I finally got to the end of the book I was really glad it was over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book! I thought for a first novel the writer really did a fantastic job. The characters were Very well developed and I was impressed with the story.
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book. I loved it from start to finish!
This book was truly awesome. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next! 5 star rating from me!! Going to go read another one from this author!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
This is a book that I will save to read again. I have long believed/known that after the death of our bodies our spirits/souls go to another dimension, leaving the empty shell of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by muffiemae
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable & thought provoking. Makes the reader examine life on a...
I gave it 4 stars because it kept me intrigued & it was thought provoking. It was a story I could relate to as a mother.
Published 13 months ago by Stacey Gootee
3.0 out of 5 stars It went on and on
It was interesting for awhile, but each scene just went on and on, I was forever saying, OK! Next! I Mean, it was interesting and I wanted to see what was going to happen, but it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Senorita Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
What a beautiful and thought provoking story. Impressively well-written and edited, with errors very few and far between. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was an interesting read, far different from what I normally read. I was concerned that I wasn't going to be able to relate that well to the main character, because of her key... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. M. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars all I can say is wow...
This book gets better every time you read it! Such an incredible story, beautiful characters That you can help but love.
Published 16 months ago by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
It was a little different to the norm seeing the world from the other side even though it was fiction.
Published 18 months ago by Brenda Pinnington
5.0 out of 5 stars an eye opening story
I loved the story line even though I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. An easy read with a happy ending
Published 18 months ago by KLD
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More About the Author

Sheri Meshal spent most of her childhood on an old farm in Iowa. A minimalist, Sheri currently lives in Chicago sans furniture with her dog, Kylee and her roommate and fellow writer, Mack Oliver. When she isn't writing, she's traveling and spending time with her nieces and nephews every chance she gets. You can reach her through her site:

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