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Mr. Splitfoot by [Hunt, Samantha]
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At 17, orphans Ruth and Nat are on the brink of aging out of the religious cult they live in. Nat, who claims to talk with the dead, shares his visions with the other children, while Ruth helps him set the stage. When con man Mr. Bell comes to the home, he discovers in them a perfect scam, and he recruits them to join him in his travels. Years later, Ruth arrives at her sister's home and entices her niece Cora to join her on a walking journey. Cora, practical, hardworking, pregnant by a married man, is unconnected to her own life and willingly goes with Ruth. The walking is hard, but Cora is fascinated by her silent aunt and is certain that Ruth is taking her somewhere important. In alternating chapters, readers follow teenage Ruth and Nat as they travel, while Cora and Ruth's present-day walking journey bridges the past into a ghostly present that provides a way for Cora to connect not only with Nat but with the baby who is inching its way into her life. It is perplexing why Cora follows the silent Ruth, but Ruth's story demands to be told, and Hunt delivers it in a prose style that dwells within another realm, allowing disbelief to be easily suspended. Much like Cora, who blindly follows Ruth into the wilds beyond her home, readers will wonder where they are going and by joining the protagonists' journey will discover that what they imagine they know about someone is often quite different from the reality. VERDICT Hunt's lyrical writing and compelling tale are perfect for well-read teens.—Connie Williams, Petaluma High School, CA


''Motherhood, religious zeal, poverty, predation, and the frailty yet relentlessness of life are among the rich themes that Hunt explores here.'' --Booklist (starred review)

''Zombies are out, ghosts are in. Ms. Hunt . . . taps into the cultural zeitgeist with a new novel blurring the natural and supernatural.'' --Wall Street Journal

''The historical and the fantastical entwine like snakes in Samantha Hunt's fiction . . . There's a rare pleasure in this blend of romance and phantoms.'' --Washington Post

''Hypnotic and glowing, Mr. Splitfoot insists on its own ghostly presence.'' --New York Times Book Review

''Ethereal . . . The book deftly straddles the slippery line between fantasy and reality in a story that's both gripping and wonderfully mystifying . . . [I]nterconnected chapters build suspense while keeping readers guessing about what crazy turn might happen next. Hints of what's in store for readers include a cult of Etherists, a noseless man, a pile of lost money, and a scar-like pattern of meteorite landings. This spellbinder is storytelling at its best.'' --Publishers Weekly, starred review

''A truly fantastic novel in which the blurring of natural and supernatural creates a stirring, visceral conclusion.'' --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

''Part road trip, part gothic, Mr. Splitfoot belongs on the shelf beside The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Samantha Hunt is astonishing. Her every sentence electrifies. Her characters demand our closest attention. Her new book contains everything that I want in a novel. If I could long-distance mesmerize you, dear reader, into picking up this book and buying it and reading it at once, believe me: I would.'' --Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble, Magic for Beginners, and many others

''I'm speechless. Mr. Splitfoot is so inventive, so new; I haven't read anything like it in years. On the surface it's about false spirituality and the most demented road trip across New York State ever attempted, but it's also about the horrible ties that bind us and the small acts of redemption that make life almost okay. On top of that, it's a thrilling page-turner. I couldn't stop reading it.'' --Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure, Super Sad True Love Story, and many others

''Mr. Splitfoot is lyrical, echoing, deeply strange, with a quality of sustained hallucination. It is the best book on communicating with the dead since William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley, but it swaps out that novel's cynicism for a more life-affirming sense of uncertainty.'' --Luc Sante, author of Low Life and many others

''Mr. Splitfoot is an absolutely thrilling book. Filial and maternal love are on display in all their complicated hugeness. But Hunt gives us plenty of humor amid the horror and awe -- and then turns on the lights and shows us what was looming above us the whole time. I can't stop thinking about it.'' --Sarah Manguso, author of Ongoingness, Two Kinds of Decay, and others

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  • File Size: 15662 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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