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The Ancestor

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
"A lushly written, dream-like modern gothic with as many dark turns and twists as the Montebianco family tree has branches. Welcome to the family." – Paul Tremblay, bestselling author of Survivor Song

After a DNA test reveals that Alberta “Bert” Monte is the sole heir of a wealthy noble family in the Italian Alps, she leaves New York to visit the family estate: Montebianco Castle, a centuries-old compound isolated in the mountains. What appeared to be a fairy tale inheritance, however, soon turns into a nightmare as Bert begins to uncover the dark legacy of her family: the truth about the abandoned village at the base of the castle; the whispers of stolen children; and the rumors of a legendary monster in the mountains. As Bert unravels the truth, she learns that her true inheritance lies not in a noble title or ancestral treasures, but in her very genes, and now she must choose between preserving a secret centuries in the keeping or abandoning it forever.

“Vivid and uncanny…makes the most of Trussoni’s signature blend of science, myth, and mystery.” —Deborah Harkness, bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches

"Inventive and entertaining." — People

“A Gothic Extravaganza.” —Kirkus 

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Danielle Trussoni's vivid and uncanny tale THE ANCESTOR makes the most of her signature blend of science, myth, and mystery. As the pages turn, family secrets come to light against a gothic backdrop that will keep readers following the startling twists and turns all the way to the end." - Deborah Harkness

"A surprise inheritance, remote castle in the Alps, and a cursed family bloodline? Yes, please! The Ancestor is a gloriously modern Gothic novel, blending mythic monsters with modern science in ways that gave me a thrill. Danielle Trussoni has written one hell of a tale." - Victor LaValle

"This smart, suspenseful thriller is at once an age-old tale and a fresh, scarily relevant trapdoor into our current genealogical obsession. Danielle Trussoni has written a biological and narrative labyrinth that you will happily get lost in, even as you question everything you think you know about yourself." - Benjamin Percy

"Danielle Trussoni's THE ANCESTOR is a lushly written, dream-like modern gothic with as many dark turns and twists as the Montebianco family tree has branches. Welcome to the family." - Paul Tremblay


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Hardback Editions

April 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Ancestor: A Novel
Author(s): Danielle Trussoni
ISBN: 0-06-291275-5 / 978-0-06-291275-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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April 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Ancestor: A Novel
Author(s): Danielle Trussoni
ISBN: 0-06-291277-1 / 978-0-06-291277-0 (USA edition)
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Ancestor: A Novel
Author(s): Danielle Trussoni
ISBN: 1-09-411839-7 / 978-1-09-411839-0
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Ancestor: A Novel
Author(s): Danielle Trussoni
ISBN: 1-09-411840-0 / 978-1-09-411840-6
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Ancestor: Library Edition
Author(s): Danielle Trussoni
ISBN: 1-09-411838-9 / 978-1-09-411838-3
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ancestor: A Novel
Author(s): Danielle Trussoni
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Ancestor: A Novel
Author(s): Danielle Trussoni
Publisher: William Morrow
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