The Diviner's Tale

By Bradford Morrow
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547382630, 311pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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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 Cassandra’s 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 Cassandra’s 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 she’d long since thought was behind her. The Diviner’s 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 Cassandra’s 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 the novels "Come Sunday," "Trinity Fields," and "Giovanni's Gift," In 1998, the American Academy of Arts and Letters presented him with the Academy Award in Literature. He is a professor of literature at Bard College and is founder and editor of the literary journal "Conjunctions,"
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