The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.
Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.
But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.
“Rosenfield’s paragraphs are so suffused with the pull of the tide that it becomes a full-body throb, drawing Callie (and the reader) down, down, down to exactly where you think she’s heading: the deep. The delicious confusion between fantasy and madness finds perfect expression in Rosenfield’s hypnotic prose and upside-down chapter construction; which direction is up is never clear. Combine Margo Lanagan’s The Brides of Rollrock Island (2012) with Hannah Moskowitz’s Teeth (2013), chum it with the remains of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let Me In (2007), and you’ll get something close to this sinister, salt-water sonata.” — Bookpage, starred review
“This often eerie novel that toes the line of fantasy is a delight. Readers won’t be sure just what it is that has consumed Callie—her own madness, or perhaps, something altogether inhuman—but they’ll keep turning pages in hopes of finding out. For fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars.” —Library Journal
NOMINATED FOR THE 2012 EDGAR AWARD
Becca has always longed to break free. Free from her backwater hometown. Free from its small-town gossip and dead-end lives.
But the horrifying discovery of a dead body—an outsider, Amelia Anne, battered and broken—on the morning after graduation sends Becca into an unexpected tailspin. As the violence of the real world creeps close to home, Becca retreats, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.
The details of Amelia Anne’s final, harrowing moments play out against Becca’s own out-of-control summer as Becca and Amelia’s parallel stories twist the reader closer and closer to the horrifying truths of Amelia’s last days.
This emotionally arresting, sexy, and raw debut tells the vivid story of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge.
“This layered and exquisitely written story explores the fallout from the murder as well as the dark side of love. Actions have real consequences in Rosenfield’s novel, and her suffocating smalltown setting is powerfully and chillingly evoked.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A perceptive, contrapuntal character study with a light thriller flavor—utterly compelling.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“The violence in this book is brutal and intimate, but never voyeuristic—don’t be surprised if you physically recoil yet can’t stop reading… Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone blends elegant writing and brutal behavior into a sharp and haunting novel.” — Bookpage