The Curse of Abigail Buckley by Jerry Boyer

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"Abigail’s measured and nostalgic chronicle of her family’s history makes this novel an undeniable page-turner. The narrative voice is intelligent, fluid, and composed. Additionally, the use of occult elements is understated and fits seamlessly into the narration."
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"Ninety-three-year-old Abigail Buckley, who may or may not be in control of all her faculties, is prepared to reveal the skeletons in the family closet to her great-niece, Dawn, who stands to inherit the family’s considerable wealth. After claiming to Dawn she has been living with a curse for years, Abigail can do nothing but anxiously await her niece’s arrival.

A few days later, Abigail sips her tea as she leads Dawn through four generations of history and parallel universes, revealing the story of how Abigail came to be raised by her father and Concha, a Mexican-American woman harboring a deep secret. As Abigail recalls her coming-of-age journey—during which she achieved academic excellence, rode horses, and witnessed a tragic accident—she lays out decades of family history and secrets, along with the details of the dreaded curse, which Dawn soon learns must be passed down. But it is only when Dawn sets off on an adventure that culminates in a chain of remarkable events on an ancient burial ground that another tier of unbelievable history is added to her unique family.

In this supernatural novel inspired by New Mexico folklore, a woman nearing the end of her life leads her beloved niece through the past so that she may embrace the future—and all it encompasses—without her."
 

About Jerry Boyer

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Jerry Boyer received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and pursued post-graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Houston. She is the author of the novel A Straight Road to Hell. Jerry resides in El Paso, Texas, where she is busy writing her third novel.
 
Published April 24, 2014 by iUniverse. 255 pages
Genres: History, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jul 21 2014

"Abigail’s measured and nostalgic chronicle of her family’s history makes this novel an undeniable page-turner. The narrative voice is intelligent, fluid, and composed. Additionally, the use of occult elements is understated and fits seamlessly into the narration."

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