Jane Was Here by Sarah Kernochan

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A mysterious young woman calling herself Jane turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in this place, yet she has never been here before in her life. Upon her arrival, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town's inhabitants. As Jane's memories reawaken piece by piece, they carry her back in time to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide.

About Sarah Kernochan

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Sarah Kernochan has won two Academy Awards for her documentaries Marjoe and Thoth. As a screenwriter, she has written many films, among them Nine and ½ Weeks, Impromptu, and What Lies Beneath; she both wrote and directed the film All I Wanna Do as well. Jane Was Here is her second novel. She lives in New York with her husband, playwright James Lapine; daughter Phoebe Lapine is a food writer.
Published June 2, 2011 by Grey Swann Press, Inc.. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On parallel paths, Hoyt Eddy, the brilliant town misanthrope, and Marly Walczak, the cheerful local whore, continue their downward spiral of self-destruction, each experiencing disturbing hallucinations that begin the night Jane comes to town.

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The sudden appearance of a young woman called Jane in rural Graynier, Mass., propels this absorbing novel of reincarnation and karmic balances from filmmaker Kernochan, the winner of two Academy Awards for documentaries.

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Virtually ignoring his wayward and willful son – who really couldn’t be happier about his new freedom anyway — the intrigued Brett find himself more and more engaged in another kind of expedition, helping Jane delve into the eerie mystery of who she was and seemingly is, and by extension, explori...

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Seattle PI

After she starts making claims that it was her childhood home - and alluding to some memories of growing up in the town she has never been to before in her life - she increasingly insinuates herself into the Sampsons' lives.

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