In this YA novel set in rural West Virginia during the Spanish flu pandemic, the Van Beest family inherits a house at the edge of a magical forest where the dead return from the afterlife. Thirteen-year-old Anne’s mother, a midwife, delivers a stillborn baby, and her father, a mortician, accidentally brings that infant back to life. Now the Van Beests find themselves at the center of a drama that raises questions about the relationship between the living and the dead.
Faith Shearin is the author of YA fiction, poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. Her poetry includes The Owl Question, Telling the Bees, and Lost Language. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Meridian, and Bellevue Literary Review among others. She lives in Amherst, Mass.