The Coney Island Book of the Dead throbs with the kinetic energy and
dark undercurrents of the Coney Island of 1957. It’s imbued with
mythical stories from Yiddish and Delta folklore and narrated by a
spunky, talented eleven-year-old girl named Brooklyn. In the midst of
dysfunctional family crises and supernatural death threats from a
rat-pack singer, who may be the Angel of Death, she tries to heal her
grief over the death of her grandmother by singing the blues.
Each chapter is illustrated with a visionary painting by the author.
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About the Author
In 1971 she graduated from New York University, where she earned a B.A. in fine art. From 1971 to 1979 she worked in graphic design in New York City.
In 1979 she moved to Ithaca, New York with her husband Jim Blythe. Here she started a successful graphic design business which specialized in not-for-profit organizations.
In 1992, Sheila and Jim moved to Memphis, TN, where Jim landed a job as a medieval history professor. Here she phased out her graphic design business and started painting full time. Shortly thereafter she developed an intense interest in writing.
She has since written and illustrated this novel, written a second novel, and is working on a volume of short stories.