The Extra Large Medium by Helen Slavin

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In this delightful debut novel, Helen Slavin takes the ghost story into a new dimension. Ever since she was a child, Annie Colville has been talking to the dead. She knows they’re dead because for some reason they’re always dressed in chocolate brown. But Annie’s grown up now, and things are getting serious. Especially after she falls for and marries Evan Bees. It’s hard enough to lose someone you love; but what if you know they could come back to you? And they just . . . don’t? During her long wait for her missing husband to come back to her, in chocolate brown or not, Annie searches through her mother’s vast collection of lovers for the other missing man in her life — her father — and struggles with the questions her gift asks of her. Quirky, irreverent, moving and a little bit spooky, The Extra Large Medium will charm you completely — even as it’s raising the hairs on the back of your neck.
 

About Helen Slavin

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Helen Slavin writes for British radio and television, including the BBC, and is an Oscar-short-listed filmmaker. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband, son, and daughter. The Extra Large Medium is her first book.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Over the next seven years, the maximum amount of time before Evan can be legally declared dead and Annie must officially get on with her life, her mother is killed and Annie effectively withdraws from society around her.

Apr 15 2007 | Read Full Review of The Extra Large Medium

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Hardly a month goes by without the publication of another novel featuring communications from the dead, but Helen Slavin’s amusingly fraught coming-of-age story is one of the few to ask, “Why won’t they just shut up?” Slavin’s lightheartedly macabre debut calls to mind a warm and fuzzy version of...

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Annie Colville sees dead people, and in British television and scriptwriter Slavin's debut, the dead wear chocolate brown while inhabiting the "Waiting Room of Heaven World," which overlaps with the everyday "Living Room World" that the rest of us see.

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