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The Possessions

(2017)
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In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances.

In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as "bodies", wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits - numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses' anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients.

But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia's drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society's walls.

After years of hiding beneath the lotuses' dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia's growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.

A tale of desire and obsession, deceit and dark secrets that defies easy categorization, The Possessions is a seductive, absorbing listen that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"This is a literary ghost story for a whole new generation." - Christopher Bollen

"Sara Flannery Murphy casts a spell as devilish and dazzling as the language she uses to cast it. Once you enter the erotically charged, psychologically gripping world of her debut novel, 'The Possessions', there is, truly, no going back or getting out." - Kathryn Davis

"I was totally immersed in the strange, beautiful world of Sara Flannery Murphy’s The Possessions. A gripping, chilling read that's part love story, part mystery, and completely original, it’s sensuous, scary, and utterly thrilling. I've never read anything quite like it." - Anton DiSclafani

"A literary descendant of the iconic novels Rebecca and Never Let Me Go, Sara Flannery Murphy's haunting, auspicious debut explores the enduring nature of grief and guilt and the myriad ways the uses of the body can stave off the loneliness of the soul." - Helen Schulman

"Sara Flannery Murphy has written the best kind of ghost story." - Robin Wasserman


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Hardback Editions

March 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Possessions
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ISBN: 1-911344-03-X / 978-1-911344-03-2 (UK edition)
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Title: The Possessions
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Title: The Possessions
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ISBN: 1-911344-66-8 / 978-1-911344-66-7 (UK edition)
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Possessions: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-245838-8 / 978-0-06-245838-4 (USA edition)
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March 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Possessions
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ISBN: 1-4893-8451-0 / 978-1-4893-8451-5 (Australia edition)
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March 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Possessions
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ISBN: 1-4893-8452-9 / 978-1-4893-8452-2 (Australia edition)
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February 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Possessions
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ISBN: 1-4708-5557-7 / 978-1-4708-5557-4 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Possessions
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ISBN: 1-4708-5558-5 / 978-1-4708-5558-1 (USA edition)
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Title: The Possessions
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ISBN: 1-4708-5559-3 / 978-1-4708-5559-8 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Possessions
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February 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Possessions
Author(s): Sara Flannery Murphy
Publisher: Bolinda Publshing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Possessions
Author(s): Sara Flannery Murphy
Publisher: Bolinda Publshing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Possessions: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Flannery Murphy
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Possessions: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Flannery Murphy
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Possessions
Author(s): Sara Flannery Murphy
Publisher: Scribe
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February 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Possessions: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Flannery Murphy
Publisher: Harper
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