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ISBN13: 9780547382630
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Publisher Comments:

"Sublime. Bradford Morrow accomplishes the deep, subtle miracle I have been waiting and waiting for someone to effect—the first novel-length work of fiction that actually does create a seamless breathing breathtaking unity of the literary and the suspense novel, detonating the very notion of genre. Riveting, insightful, sentence-by-sentence charged with feeling, it bears us, helpless, with it on its downward journey to illumination."—Peter Straub   "Luminous and magical, fraught with suspense, beautifully and subtly rendered—a feat of prose divination."—Joyce Carol Oates   "It is a measure of this writer that I must invoke the word ‘masterpiece. The Diviners Tale will not only delight, it will endure."—Robert Olen Butler   "An astonishing dark gem of a novel . . . a gorgeously written, deeply unsettling thriller."—Elizabeth Hand   "Superb. It reminded me of the greatest Hitchcock films that were somehow alchemically able to combine suspense, wonder, and romance all in one seamless story."—Jonathan Carroll   "Bradford Morrows beautifully written and tautly paced novel brings the old and all but forgotten gift of divination into the modern world. A tale whose subtle and mysterious confluences are as elusive as water underground."—Thomas H. Cook

Review:

"Cassandra Brooks, who lives in rural upstate New York with her twin sons, ekes out a living substitute teaching and dowsing, or divining, in Morrow's solid gothic-infused tale of family secrets. As a child, Cassandra discovered she possessed the gift to divine water and have 'forevisions' of the future, including one the night her beloved older brother, Christopher, was killed. While on a divining job for a new property development, Cassandra sees the body of a teenage girl hanging from a tree, but when she returns with the police, there's no trace of the body. Cassandra wonders what her vision means, especially after a runaway girl, Laura Bryant, surfaces and claims she was kidnapped. Even though the vision dredges up bittersweet memories of Christopher, Cassandra is determined to help Laura, who's in real danger. Morrow (Ariel's Crossing) beautifully evokes Cassandra's inner turmoil, but those expecting a conventional whodunit may be disappointed. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A disturbing vision of a hanged girl leads diviner Cassandra Brooks and her family into peril, and conjures ghosts from her own haunted childhod.

Synopsis:

In rural upstate New York, a disturbing vision of a hanged girl leads diviner Cassandra Brooks and her family into peril, and conjures ghosts from her own haunted childhood. At once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, this is a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an extraordinary woman.

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"[A] splendidly written mystery . . . a compelling story.

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An Otto Penzler Book

Walking a lonely forested valley on a spring morning in upstate New York, having been hired by a developer to dowse the land, Cassandra Brooks comes upon the shocking vision of a young girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities to the site, the body has vanished, leaving in question Cassandras credibility if not her sanity. The next day, on a return visit with the sheriff to have another look, a dazed, mute missing girl emerges from the woods, alive and the very picture of Cassandras hanged girl.

What follows is the narrative of ever-deepening and increasingly bizarre divinations that will lead this gifted young woman, the struggling single mother of twin boys, hurtling toward a past shed long since thought was behind her. The Diviners Tale is at once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an otherwise ordinary woman.

When Cassandras dark forebodings take on tangible form, she is forced to confront a life spiraling out of control. And soon she is locked in a mortal chess match with a real-life killer who has haunted her since before she can remember.

About the Author

BRADFORD MORROW is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and poetry, including Ariels Crossing and Giovannis Gift. He is also the founder of the literary magazine Conjunctions, which he has edited since 1981. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007 and is a professor of literature at Bard College.

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pickfordm, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by pickfordm)
I'm a huge fan of Bradford Morrow's and I've been waiting for this book, The Diviners Tale, for a long time. Not only is it worth the wait, it's one of the best contemporary novels I've read in years.

When the novel opens the narrator, Cassandra Brooks, describes her first "forevision," a premonition of her brother's death. It got me hooked right away and set up story lines which enrich the book throughout: Cassandra's strong yet complicated relationships with her family; the unique gifts that make her feel like an outsider; and the burdens that accompany her talent for divination (she foresees her brother's death but can't stop him from dying). Cassandra struggles to live a quiet life, raising twin sons as a single parent and forging bonds with her challenging mother and her ailing father, teaching, and "divining" -- a talent tied to her premonitory powers. Cassandra quickly became a character I adore, someone whose insecurities I can relate to as easily as I can to the capaciousness of her heart.

While divining (for water, a fascinating process Morrow describes so well) Cassandra sees a horrifying sight, a dead girl hanging from a tree in the woods. However, when she summons the police the girl has vanished without a trace. Did she imagine the whole thing? Was it the sign of a murder to come, or the residue of one that already happened? When a missing girl who resembles the dead girl (and reminds Cassandra of herself) is found, Cassandra is pulled even further into this frightening web. The tension builds slowly but masterfully; there are moments near the end that left me reading doubly fast because I couldn't bear to wait to find out what happened.

The whodunit is the least interesting aspect of The Diviner's Tale, and the easiest to figure out. That didn't bother me; there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. Besides, I was most interested in Cassandra's journey, the path by which she learned to accept her warts, powers of divination, and all, and finally to embrace her valiant life. Also, while I might have appreciated some insight into the motivations of the villain, Morrow's interest in fleshing out the good guys rather than the bad ones is a refreshing change. Usually, the villains are more interesting than the heroes! Here, the flawed but admirable individuals - and they are many - are the people you wind up wanting to know.
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Christopher Sanderson, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Christopher Sanderson)
Bradford Morrow is an outstanding writer. Don't let the fact that he is both insightful and intelligent keep you away from this delightful mystery. The Diviner's Tale is a page-turner that will subtly change the way you look at the everyday world around you. Enjoy The Diviner's Tale and you will want to pass it along to friends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547382630
Author:
Morrow, Bradford
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120327
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
A" &amp;#8212;<I>Cleveland Plain Dealer </I><BR><B
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.14 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cassandra Brooks, who lives in rural upstate New York with her twin sons, ekes out a living substitute teaching and dowsing, or divining, in Morrow's solid gothic-infused tale of family secrets. As a child, Cassandra discovered she possessed the gift to divine water and have 'forevisions' of the future, including one the night her beloved older brother, Christopher, was killed. While on a divining job for a new property development, Cassandra sees the body of a teenage girl hanging from a tree, but when she returns with the police, there's no trace of the body. Cassandra wonders what her vision means, especially after a runaway girl, Laura Bryant, surfaces and claims she was kidnapped. Even though the vision dredges up bittersweet memories of Christopher, Cassandra is determined to help Laura, who's in real danger. Morrow (Ariel's Crossing) beautifully evokes Cassandra's inner turmoil, but those expecting a conventional whodunit may be disappointed. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
A disturbing vision of a hanged girl leads diviner Cassandra Brooks and her family into peril, and conjures ghosts from her own haunted childhod.
"Synopsis" by , In rural upstate New York, a disturbing vision of a hanged girl leads diviner Cassandra Brooks and her family into peril, and conjures ghosts from her own haunted childhood. At once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, this is a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an extraordinary woman.
"Synopsis" by , "[A] splendidly written mystery . . . a compelling story.
"Synopsis" by ,

An Otto Penzler Book

Walking a lonely forested valley on a spring morning in upstate New York, having been hired by a developer to dowse the land, Cassandra Brooks comes upon the shocking vision of a young girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities to the site, the body has vanished, leaving in question Cassandras credibility if not her sanity. The next day, on a return visit with the sheriff to have another look, a dazed, mute missing girl emerges from the woods, alive and the very picture of Cassandras hanged girl.

What follows is the narrative of ever-deepening and increasingly bizarre divinations that will lead this gifted young woman, the struggling single mother of twin boys, hurtling toward a past shed long since thought was behind her. The Diviners Tale is at once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an otherwise ordinary woman.

When Cassandras dark forebodings take on tangible form, she is forced to confront a life spiraling out of control. And soon she is locked in a mortal chess match with a real-life killer who has haunted her since before she can remember.

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