The Raising

The Raising

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by Laura Kasischke
     
 

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When a tragic accident claims the life of a young sorority girl, the people around her are affected in different ways. And Shelly, first at the scene of the horrific, bloody accident, has something to say. The girl she saw that night was not bloody—and not dead.  See more details below

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When a tragic accident claims the life of a young sorority girl, the people around her are affected in different ways. And Shelly, first at the scene of the horrific, bloody accident, has something to say. The girl she saw that night was not bloody—and not dead.

Editorial Reviews

Stephen Burt
Almost a supernatural thriller, almost a campus satire and almost but not quite a coming-of-age tale, The Raising is also the best of Kasischke’s eight novels, the one with the broadest canvas, the most observation, its large cast arranged with a scary economy of detail.
—The New York Times Book Review
Booklist
"[A] literary page-turner reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s Secret History."
Family Circle
"Dark, disquieting...starts off as a tragic love story—beautiful sorority girl killed in a car accident—then is skillfully transformed into a thoroughly modern ghost story. Each character is haunted by the memories and repercussions of that night. Lyrical, layered and riveting to the final page."
Marie Claire (UK)
"An atmospheric shiver-fest . . . [a] devious, claustrophobic chiller."
Nylon Magazine
"Scary, spooky, sexy... we couldn’t put it down."
New York Times Book Review
"Almost a supernatural thriller, almost a campus satire and almost but not quite a coming-of-age tale...Kasischke remains aware that she works in familiar traditions: her scenes play knowingly with the expectations...that her precedents raise, from "Buffy" to Euripides’ "Bacchae."
Grand Rapids Press
"Nothing is as it first appears in Laura Kasischke’s suspense novel THE RAISING...Just when readers think they’ve got it all figured out, there’s another twist that spins them off in another direction...The kind of story readers won’t soon forget."
Chicago Tribune
"THE RAISING is that rare thing: a literary novel distinguished by splendid prose that is also a down-and-dirty page-turner, a creep show featuring empty caskets and walking corpses. It’s as if "The Grapes of Wrath" had been rewritten by H.P. Lovecraft."
Caroline Leavitt
"Haunting, unsettling, and unforgettable, THE RAISING limns love, longing, belonging and the things we only think we know about life—and yes, death. Told in knockout, shimmering prose, it’s a literary mystery that’s as hypnotic as it is brilliant."
Fay Weldon
"A fine writer, a haunted and haunting tale, a flurry of beautiful girls — you don’t put this book down once you’ve picked it up."
Amy MacKinnon
"From the first page of THE RAISING, Laura Kasischke tells a story of great weight and wicked beauty . . . Don’t bother trying to put it down; it will call you back, and you’ll go. Surrender. You’ll be glad you did."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441784308
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
13
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Amy MacKinnon
“From the first page of THE RAISING, Laura Kasischke tells a story of great weight and wicked beauty . . . Don’t bother trying to put it down; it will call you back, and you’ll go. Surrender. You’ll be glad you did.”
Caroline Leavitt
“Haunting, unsettling, and unforgettable, THE RAISING limns love, longing, belonging and the things we only think we know about life—and yes, death. Told in knockout, shimmering prose, it’s a literary mystery that’s as hypnotic as it is brilliant.”
Fay Weldon
“A fine writer, a haunted and haunting tale, a flurry of beautiful girls — you don’t put this book down once you’ve picked it up.”

Meet the Author

Laura Kasischke teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and the Residential College. She has published seven collections of poetry and seven novels. She lives with her family in Chelsea, Michigan.

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