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I’m currently three-fourths of the way through Joe Hill’s short story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, and find myself rationing the remaining pages to make them last. I’ve enthusiastically devoured Hill’s novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2—but this collection reveals a whole new side to him. Anyone familiar with his work knows he has a top-rate imagination, but I was unprepared for how sensitive and sweet a writer he can be. To reveal such depth in as tight a format as a short story wildly impresses...[read on]About House of Echoes, from the publisher:
In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family’s dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.Visit Brendan Duffy's website.
Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.
When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it’s just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven’s chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn’t the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village’s haunting saga is far from over.
House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.
Writers Read: Brendan Duffy.