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Diane Setterfield, author of Once Upon a River

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens.

Week of July 1, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of July 1st include ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield, a richly imagined novel about the wrenching disappearance of three little girls and the wide-reaching effect it has on their small town; WHAT TO READ AND WHY, the follow-up to Francine Prose's READING LIKE A WRITER, in which the distinguished novelist, literary critic and essayist celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers she admires above all others; THE ROMANOV EMPRESS, C. W. Gortner's dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish princess who became the mother of the last Russian tsar; and GIVE ME YOUR HAND, a psychological thriller from Megan Abbott in which a life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship.