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From Barnes & NobleOrson Scott Card, bestselling author and master of the science fiction and fantasy genres, presents Homebody: A Novel, a spine-chilling tale about a man who must overcome the demons of his past -- and the bitterly sad demons he unwittingly stirs up while renovating a faded Southern mansion.
When driving through Greensboro, North Carolina, Don Lark happens upon a derelict 1870s mansion that's crying out for restoration, and he envisions a job that will bring him temporary distraction and a tidy profit. He buys the property, intending to restore the house to its former glory and then, as with past projects, sell it and move on. There's just one problem -- this once beautiful house has a way of holding on to those who cross its threshold. Lark's aging neighbors, Miss Evelyn and Miss Judea, stridently pray that he leave the house during a get-to-know-the-new-man meal: "Bless him to be smart enough to get the hell out of that house before it eats him alive." Don Lark doesn't know it, but this house will eventually change his life -- or take it.
Card deftly captures the atmosphere of a small Southern town, from the charms of an overhanging willow to the endearingly entrenched etiquette of his protective neighbors. He dares the reader to peer inside a troubled house and its equally troubled tenants. Ultimately, he offers compelling evidence that a strong will and a good heart can make a house a home, but not until the owner reckons with both personal and otherworldly demons.