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Grief Cottage

(2017)
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Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017 (Top 10)
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2017
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The haunting tale of a desolate cottage, and the hair-thin junction between this life and the next, from bestselling National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin.


After his mother's death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she'd moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation.

The islanders call it "Grief Cottage," because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda.

Grief Cottage is the best sort of ghost story, but it is far more than that--an investigation of grief, remorse, and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on a South Carolina beach.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Grief Cottage: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 1-63286-704-4 / 978-1-63286-704-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Grief Cottage (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 1-4328-3884-9 / 978-1-4328-3884-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Grief Cottage: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 1-63286-705-2 / 978-1-63286-705-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Audio Editions

October 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Grief Cottage
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 1-5436-4415-5 / 978-1-5436-4415-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Grief Cottage
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Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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June 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Grief Cottage
Author(s): Gail Godwin
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Grief Cottage
Author(s): Gail Godwin
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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June 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Grief Cottage
Author(s): Gail Godwin
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Grief Cottage: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Godwin
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU