Quiet Dell

By Jayne Anne Phillips
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781439172544, 445pp.)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

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A spectacularly riveting novel based on a real life crime by a con man who preyed on widows: "a brilliant fusion of fact and fiction, Jayne Anne Phillips has written the novel of the year" (Stephen King)--"think "In Cold Blood" meets "The Lovely Bones--"but sexy" ("People").
In Chicago in 1931, Asta Eicher, a lonely mother of three, is desperate for money after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children. Weeks later, Asta and her three children are dead.
Emily Thornhill, one of the few women journalists in the Chicago press, wants to understand what happened to this beautiful family, particularly to the youngest child, Annabel, an enchanting girl with a precocious imagination and sense of magic. Determined, Emily travels to West Virginia to cover the murder trial and to investigate the story herself, accompanied by a charming and unconventional photographer equally drawn to the case. These heroic characters, driven by secrets of their own, will stop at nothing to ensure Powers is convicted.
A tragedy, a love story, and a tour de force of obsession, Jayne Anne Phillips's "Quiet Dell" "hauntingly imagines the victims' hopes, dreams, and terror" ("O, The Oprah Magazine"). It is a mesmerizing and deeply moving novel from one of America's most celebrated writers.



About the Author
Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of "Lark and Termite, Motherkind, Shelter, "and "Machine Dreams", and the widely anthologized collections of stories, "Fast Lanes "and "Black Tickets". A National Book Award and National Book Critic's Circle Award finalist, Phillips is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, where she established The Writers At Newark Reading Series. Information, essays and text source photographs on her fiction can be viewed at JayneAnnePhillips.com.
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