The Diviner's Tale

The Diviner's Tale

by Bradford Morrow
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The Diviner's Tale by Bradford Morrow

An Otto Penzler Book Walking a lonely forested valley on a spring morning in upstate New York, having been hired by a developer to dowse the land, Cassandra Brooks comes upon the shocking vision of a young girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities to the site, the body has vanished, leaving in question Cassandra’s credibility if not her sanity. The next day, on a return visit with the sheriff to have another look, a dazed, mute missing girl emerges from the woods, alive and the very picture of Cassandra’s hanged girl. What follows is the narrative of ever-deepening and increasingly bizarre divinations that will lead this gifted young woman, the struggling single mother of twin boys, hurtling toward a past she’d long since thought was behind her. The Diviner’s Tale is at once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an otherwise ordinary woman. When Cassandra’s dark forebodings take on tangible form, she is forced to confront a life spiraling out of control. And soon she is locked in a mortal chess match with a real-life killer who has haunted her since before she can remember.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547504384
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/20/2011
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 739,594
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

BRADFORD MORROW is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and poetry, including Ariel’s Crossing and Giovanni’s Gift. He is also the founder of the literary magazine Conjunctions, which he has edited since 1981. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007 and is a professor of literature at Bard College.

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The Diviner's Tale 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
I like tales of the paranormal/supernatural, so I picked up this book. And it was beyond my expectations - very well plotted, nicely written, and the characters seemed real, not fake or half-written. Very nice family story as well as exploring the world of the psychic/diviner. Lots of research done here, but it's presented naturally, gently, as if the author is speaking to the reader. Rarely do I want to know what happened after a modern novel ends - but I would like to know what happens next to these characters. Highly recommended to readers who like a good story well told.
Moll_Slanders More than 1 year ago
The heroine was flaky and bland, her mother was overbearing, and her kids were disrespectful brats. The only likeable character was the heroine's father, who was slowly succumbing to Alzheimer's, because he was the only character who was really developed. The plot tried to be thrilling and mysterious, but it was mostly just confusing. The idea for this story is pretty good, but it just isn't written well.
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The plot was good, but what really makes this book wonderful is the voice of our narrator and heroine, Cass Brooks. She has a beautiful lyical quality that makes us follow her roundabout story the way she follows her own dowsing rods. A recommended read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lyrical, mystical, grounded and coherent this book was all of these. Well-written and deeply human characters, I had to force myself to read in little bites, to draw out the deliciousness of mystery and self-discovery.
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