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The Tea House Paperback – October 1, 2007

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The Tea House is a quietly lovely coming-of-age story set in that breathless moment between the two world wars; the veil that Emily draws back with her talent is not so much the one that lies between this world and the next as the one that lies between the oblivious innocence of childhood and the regretful wisdom of adulthood. -- Pagliassotti, Dru. "The Tea House by Paul Elwork" The Harrow: Original Works of Fantasy and Horror [Online], 11 22 Dec 2007

In The Tea House, Paul Elwork reaches into the past and pulls out a mysterious little gem. -- Dan Pope, author of In the Cherry Tree

The Tea House is an enchanting, engaging read, and Paul Elwork is a sublimely sensitive storyteller with an ear for character and setting. -- Small Press Reviews, January 14th, 2008

About the Author

Paul Elwork is a writer and editor living in Philadelphia with his wife and sons. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Arcadia University with a master's degree in English. His fiction and literary criticism have appeared in All Hallows: Journal of the Ghost Story Society, Quiet Feather, Edifice Wrecked, Johnny America, Pipes & Timbrels, and South Asian Review. The Tea House is his first novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Casperian Books LLC (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934081078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934081075
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,915,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Elwork graduated from Temple University and earned a master's degree in English from Arcadia University. This is his first novel. He lives in Philadelphia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul G. Bens, Jr. on November 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like the titular edifice, The Tea House is a bit of a mystery, a solid debut by Paul Elwork which, in some respects, defies description or categorization. It is a novel that goes down easily, with evocative prose and an unparalleled sense of time and place, but it is also a story that haunts your memory long after you've finished it, even though--and perhaps because--you are only given a quick glance inside, a moment in time to find all the lives and secrets hovering in its darkened corners.

At once profoundly simple and deceptively complex, The Tea House focuses on that tenuous period of time when the world had lost its innocence in the War to End All Wars, but had yet to realize the true horrors that lay ahead in WWII. It is the summer of 1925, and at Ravenwood, a family estate on the banks of the Delaware River, 13 year-old twins Emily and Michael Ward find themselves fatherless, a bit bored with their lives and perched on the edge of an encroaching adulthood that seems far too close, yet so very far away. Emily discovers that she has a unique talent--she is able to manipulate the bones in her ankle to make a popping sound, one seemingly without origin. One night she uses her talent to frighten her brother by pretending to be a ghost, the knocking a form of communication from one world to the next. The brooding, almost morose, Michael finds excitement in his sister's talent, a grand adventure, and very quickly he hatches a plan to convince some neighborhood friends that his sister can commune with the dead. In particular, says Michael, Emily has a special connection with Regina Ward, one of their ancestors, a young woman who died tragically on the banks of the river and whose photograph has haunted Emily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Gleichner on January 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
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"Oh, what a tangled web we weave..." The first part of that quote seems quite an appropriate place to start the review of "The Tea House" by Paul Elwork.

The story concerns a set of twins, Emily and Michael Stewart. While their family is well-to-do, their home life is a bit mysterious and at times I sensed a bit of sadness. Emily discovers she has a unique "talent" one day, and initially has some fun with it. But once her twin, Michael, discovers her secret, he convinces Emily to expand their performances to include friends of theirs. Eventually, word of Emily's talent gets out, and Emily and Michael are drawn into the adult world, where their audiences are more than curious. And when adult curiosity about Emily's talent is mixed with genuine desperation/grief, the ending is unpredictable and shocking.

This book is extremely well written. Mr. Elwork does an excellent job of developing the story and bringing together characters in the story and the story itself in equal portions, so that the farther along the book goes, the more characters and circumstances fit together, giving the reader a more detailed understanding of the story.

The characters of Emily, Michael, and Mr. Dunne are extremely well developed. The detail given to these characters made it quite easy to conjure a picture in my mind as to what they might actually have looked like.

This book held my interest from beginning to end. I liked the story line and the author's writing style makes this a very easy read.

And here are answers to the author questions:

Who are you influenced by as an author?
The list is long, as I guess it is for everyone. I love the works of Kurt Vonnegut, James Salter, Alice Munro, John Irving, F.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.J. Rose on August 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I slipped into it the way one might walk into a tea house on a summer afternoon and hours later I came out, having been transported. It has that rare combination of beautiful language, intense and interesting characters, an intriguing plot and enough suspense to keep you turning the pages even when you want to stop and savor the writing.

The Tea House suggests that the author has more wonderful stories to share with us - stories that I personally can't wait for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on October 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Tea House is an intriguing tale of coming of age in the early 20th century. It is a tender-hearted novel rich with historical detail and suspense that reaches into the heart of family.

Emily and Michael are seemingly normal thirteen year olds. Though their father died in the war and their mother is constantly depressed, the twins find ways to keep themselves amused. When Emily learns she can make a loud, unusual noise from her ankle without moving it, she decides to play a prank on her brother. She makes him think he is seeing and hearing a ghost. This leads to their brilliant idea of ghost-knocking sessions.

Does Emily really talk to dead people or is this all a hoax? What began as a harmless game begins to shift.

In the process of preparing for her ghost-knocking sessions, Emily begins to wonder about her family history. Snooping around the house and asking the family's friend Mary, questions begins to give Emily a glimpse of the past. Soon after, she resorts to eavesdropping on them. On the flipside, Michael is growing depressed and mean. He begins withdrawing from his family and friends. When one of their friends is killed, everything changes for the twins. Michael withdraws even further, and the ghosts come to plague Emily.

This book started out a little slow, but quickly caught my attention. Beneath the story of the twins lies an amazing story of people. Politics and religion are major sub-plots. I found myself actually concerned about most of the characters. The author did a wonderful job of making the story easy to follow and understand, while at the same time, leaving you with a feast of food for thought.

Several days have passed since I finished this book, and I am still pondering the characters and their personalities, wishing I knew all of their little secrets.

Armchair Interviews says: What better credentials for a story than one that stays with the reader.
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