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Hauntings: And Other Tales of Danger, Love, and Sometimes Loss Hardcover – July 24, 2007
From Ireland of several centuries ago to present-day America and on to the afterworld, the settings of these 15 stories are painted with sure, deft, and simple strokes that use both action and mood to focus the reader's imagination. "Tryst," the opening tale, is the most rigidly structured, each paragraph beginning with the phrase that ended the previous one, creating a poetic rhythm as haunting as that of Alfred Noyes' similarly fatalistic "The Highwayman." The longest story, in which a young boy and a retired professor help one another as they care for a grove of diseased trees, is perhaps the least atmospheric, but it is, nonetheless, a compelling portrait of human beings seeking rational order in their lives. Symbols of the hauntings mentioned in the title range from a scarecrow in the form of a crow, a selkie, and even a well-known hymn. No disappointments for readers here. Goldsmith, Francisca
About the Author
Betsy Hearne is the author of several acclaimed books for teens and for young readers, including The Canine Connection: Stories about Dogs and People; Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs; and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Seven Brave Women. She is a noted children's book reviewer and scholar who teaches folklore and storytelling at the University of Illinois. Betsy Hearne lives in Urbana, Illinois, but has spent every summer for more than twenty years in the village of Kilcrohane, County Cork, Ireland. These stories are partly drawn from that experience and partly made up out of very thin air.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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