The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork

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It is the summer of 1925. Emily Stewart and her brother, Michael, are thirteen-year-old twins—privileged, precocious, and wandering aimlessly around their family’s Philadelphia estate. One day Emily discovers an odd physical talent—she can secretly crack a joint in her ankle so the sound seems to burst in midair from nowhere. In their garden tea house, Emily and Michael gather the neighborhood children to fool them with these “spirit knockings.” But soon this game of contacting the dead creeps into a world of adults still reeling from a world war. And when the twins find themselves dabbling in the uncertain territory of human grief and family secrets, their game spins out of control…
 

About Paul Elwork

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Paul Elwork graduated from Temple University and earned a master's degree in English from Arcadia University. This is his first novel. He lives in Philadelphia.
 
Published March 31, 2011 by Berkley. 323 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Their sessions soon grow increasingly elaborate and before they know it, they are performing for adults, a feat Michael savors, but Emily finds more and more uncomfortable with each lie she tells.

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Loosely based on true events from the early 20th century, Elwork's first novel poignantly depicts the desperate need of people to believe in life after death.

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Emily Stewart discovers that she has the ability to make her ankles crack, producing a strange disembodied noise, during the summer she and her twin brother, Michael, turn thirteen.

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Historical Novel Society

One afternoon, Emily discovers that she can make a sound with her ankle that sounds like a knock, and the twins devise a plan: they’ll invite one of the neighbor children over for a “spirit knocking” session with a distant ancestor who died at the age of sixteen.

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