Something is wrong with Esmé.
Kicked out of school in New York, her sister sends her to live with their grandmother in the small town she hasn’t visited since she was a child.
But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves the house at midnight, carrying a big black bag.
Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere and beds that unmake themselves.
Something is wrong in the town where a child disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.
And something is definitely wrong with her cute and friendly neighbour with black curls and ice-blue eyes: he’s dead.
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About the Author
Alison Stine is a writer & visual artist. She is the author of three books of poems along with a novel Supervision (2015). Her awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, and Tin House, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, and Jezebel. She lives with her young son in the foothills of Appalachia.