"A brilliant collection of tales based on Edith Wharton's Kerfol ... Noyes cleverly adds her own style and twists ... Mesmerizing." Booklist (starred review)In her 1916 ghost story, Kerfol, Edith Wharton tells of Anne de Barrigan, a young woman convicted of murdering her jealous husband. The elderly lord was found on the stairs, apparently savaged by a pack of dogs, though there were no dogs - no live dogs - at Kerfol that day. In these remarkable intertwining stories, Deborah Noyes returns to the manor to tell de Barrigan's story through the sympathetic eyes of her servant girl. Four more tales slip forward in time, following characters haunted by the ghosts of Kerfol - the dead dogs; the sensual, uneasy relationships; and the bitter taste of revenge.
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Deborah Noyes is the editor of the young adult anthologies Gothic! and The Restless Dead. She is also the author of Red Butterfly, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and Hana in the Time of the Tulips, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.Review:
Sure to give chills to any reader. * Teensreadtoo blog * Wonderfully chilling. * Publishers Weekly * Beautiful and genuinely frightening. * Kirkus Reviews * Will be enjoyed by avid readers of historical fiction. * VOYA * Will keep your middle schoolers turning pages. * Scholastic Instructor Online * Unique, mesmerizing tales...dark sensuality. * Booklist (starred review) * The setting is particularly successful as Noyes manages to ground each entry in its specific time period while maintaining the brooding gothic atmosphere throughout. * Horn Book * Scared me so much I had to put the book down and go eat a pickle to revive my sense of the ordinary. In my opinion, this is the highest praise one can give a ghost story. It captured my imagination enough to frighten me a little while I was reading it, but continued to haunt my thoughts long after I had finished. * TeenReads.com * In true Gothic style, the darker sides of human emotion are exposed, explored, and sometimes punished in the five tales that feature themes of love, betrayal, greed, artistic agony, and ennui set against the sensual and sumptuous backdrop of a once grand house haunted by mystery and grief. * The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books * In an enthralling work of Gothic suspense, an Edith Wharton story inspires five connected tales set in the same haunted manor over the centuries., In a series of spooky short stories, Noyes offers a different twist on Wharton's main character * Scripps-Howard * Suitably spooky although never downright horrifying * Journal Inquirer * Featured/recommended * The Knoxville News Sentinel * Creepy ghost stories... great gooseflesh and an exciting read. * School Library Journal * Wonderfully eerie... a truly creepy, almost gothic atmosphere. Noyes has crafted a fine tapestry of macabre episodes that will leave you looking over your shoulder warily. This superb ghost story is best read with the lights on. * Historical Novels Review * Featured/recommended * Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog * These five stories are well-crafted portraits of relationships tested by jealousy and deceit, with attention to the details of the estate that make the fictional home loom large over the terrifying activities within it. * Bookspotcentral.com * For those students who are into Gothic tales and romance, this work will be perfect. The halls of Kerfol hold many secrets and mysteries. * Library Media Connection * A brooding gothic atmosphere is maintained throughout. * Notes From the Horn Book *
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