Swallowtail

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Chicago wife, mother and finance executive Claire Cummings, arrives at work one morning to discover her friend Julia has embezzled millions and vanished. Blindsided and devastated by the betrayal, she's sent home pending further investigation. Claire's bizarre death the following day sends everyone reeling, guessing and looking for her in all the wrong places. In no time she's addicted to an enchanting menagerie of tricks and techniques for getting the living's attention, but most people are harder to reach than ...
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Overview

Chicago wife, mother and finance executive Claire Cummings, arrives at work one morning to discover her friend Julia has embezzled millions and vanished. Blindsided and devastated by the betrayal, she's sent home pending further investigation. Claire's bizarre death the following day sends everyone reeling, guessing and looking for her in all the wrong places. In no time she's addicted to an enchanting menagerie of tricks and techniques for getting the living's attention, but most people are harder to reach than she'd ever dreamed and even harder to set free.

She was still a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend... she'd move heaven and earth to keep it that way.

Sheri Meshal's Swallowtail is a haunting story about life, love, loss and just how far we'll go to control it all.

This debut from a thought-provoking new voice in fiction begs the question... what would you do if all the rules changed, and you were suddenly bestowed powers beyond your greatest imagination?

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In Meshal's debut novel, a loving wife and mother must a find a way to comfort her family after a traumatic loss: her own disappearance. Claire Cummings starts her workday at a small-town bank with a discovery that her close friend and colleague has absconded with millions of dollars of the bank's money. Claire feels betrayed and deeply shaken when she comes under suspicion and is suspended from her job. The next day, while trying to chase down a stray cat in a parking lot, Claire is hit by a car and killed. However, the peace she feels on "the other side" shatters when she realizes that her family and friends don't know she is dead--they only know that she's missing. She uses all of her new supernatural abilities to place signs in order to communicate to them where she is, but she soon finds that she has to defy the new rules of her celestial world. Meshal tells a beautifully nuanced story. Throughout, she weaves intriguing details into a compelling story; for example, it turns out that Em, Claire's youngest daughter, can repeat what her mother says from beyond, but because she has a speech impediment, the messages aren't always understood by others. Also, just when it seems that the initial embezzlement subplot has been forgotten, it returns with a supernatural twist. Cummings skillfully blends past lives, celestial lives and earthly lives in ways that never feel forced, and she doesn't rush her characters into self-discovery but seamlessly leads them there. In the end, the story builds to an unexpected, powerful climax. A captivating novel about love, redemption and the supernatural.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481161664
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheri Meshal spent most of her childhood on an old farm in Iowa. She inherited her lifelong love of books from her father, who sensed she was a writer long before she did, and changed the course of her life by telling her so.
A minimalist, Sheri currently lives in Chicago sans furniture with her dog, Kylee and her roommate and fellow writer, Mack Oliver. When she isn't writing, she's hanging out with all of her nieces and nephews every chance she gets.

You may contact her at: http://sherimeshal.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-first-author-interview.html

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