The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes

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In an enthralling work of Gothic suspense, an Edith Wharton story inspires five connected tales set in the same haunted manor over the centuries. In her classic ghost story "Kerfol," Edith Wharton tells the tale of Anne de Barrigan, a young Frenchwoman convicted of murdering her husband, the jealous Yves de Cornault. The elderly lord was found dead on the stairs, apparently savaged by a pack of dogs, though there were no dogs — no live dogs — at Kerfol that day. In this remarkable collection of intertwining short stories, Deborah Noyes takes us back to the haunted manor and tells us Anne de Barrigan's story through the sympathetic eyes of her servant girl. Four more tales slip forward in time, peering in on a young artist, a hard-drinking party girl, a young American couple, and a deaf gardener who now tends the Kerfol estate. All these souls are haunted by the ghosts of Kerfol — the dead dogs, the sensual yet uneasy relationships, and the bitter taste of revenge.

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Deborah Noyes is the author of The Ghosts of Kerfol and the editor of the anthologies The Restless Dead and Gothic! She is also the author of Red Butterfly, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and Hana in the Time of the Tulips, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Deborah Noyes lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Published July 9, 2013 by Candlewick. 176 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Drawing inspiration from Edith Wharton’s ghost story “Kerfol,” this collection of five linked stories follows the mysterious and frightening events at a French estate over the centuries.

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All through the stories, dogs --- both living and dead --- offer the final verdict on what and whom may be trusted.

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He interacts briefly with the sad and beautiful girl from that morning, who reappears out of the woods, but he can’t possibly know that she was the maid to the mistress of Kerfol centuries before, or that the sapphire and diamond choker his dog digs out of the gardens may be the key to setting th...

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