The Weight of Ashes: A Novel

The Weight of Ashes: A Novel

by Zachary Steele
The Weight of Ashes: A Novel

The Weight of Ashes: A Novel

by Zachary Steele


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After a car accident claims his older brother's life, Mark Murphy's world is turned upside down. The silence of their shared bedroom, the memories of Mitch's guidance, and his mother's drunken spiral are constant reminders of the cost of his absence. But Mark isn't ready to grieve. He isn't ready to accept that his brother is truly gone. Despite the insistence of the adults in his life that he accept Mitch's death, Mark is undeterred.

They don't know what he knows.

They don't know the story of the Witch on Spook Hill.

Aided by his loyal band of misfit friends, Mark's plan to carry Mitch's ashes to the witch is complicated by the pursuit of the town sheriff and the cousin responsible for his brother's death. With no time to regroup, Mark and his friends must navigate the dangerous path to Spook Hill before the sun sets, so that Mitch can be resurrected in exchange for the life of the one who took it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611883022
Publisher: The Story Plant
Publication date: 08/24/2021
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Broadleaf Writers Association Founder & Executive Director Zachary Steele is the author of Anointed: The Passion of Timmy Christ, CEO and Flutter: An Epic of Mass Distraction. He has been featured by NPR, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Publishers Weekly, Baby Got Books, Shelf Awareness, and was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate Fiction. You can follow his ramblings on writing and life at

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My cousin Gordon drove through the stop sign at sixty miles-an-hour. His 280z must have looked like a shiny silver bullet chasing its headlights. Mama said the other car was a '66 Buick, built like a tank. I tried hard not to think about what my brother Mitch did in those last few seconds. But it happened anyway.

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