JoAnne Soper-Cook was born in Old Perlican, Newfoundland and grew up in Hant's Harbour. She published her first story at the age of 8 when her mother, impressed with the quality of a short story she'd written for a school project, sent it in to a local newspaper. Since then she has written novels, novellas, short stories, plays, speeches, radio scripts and some really, really bad poetry. She holds a B.A. (Honors) and an M.A. in English Literature from Memorial University and a B.Ed, also from Memorial. When she isn't writing she loves reading (pulp, mystery, and Southern Gothic are her favourite genres) walking, travel (the Deep South states of Mississippi and Louisiana rank high on her list of destinations) and listening to the voices in her head. She makes her home in St. John's, Newfoundland, with her husband Paul and her two spoiled rotten dogs Lola and Sheppie.
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Newly-widowed Marcella Bliss wants to find her dying sister, but instead she finds a man whose words have the power to render unearthly comfort. Is he the ghost of a long-dead English poet? Or merely an eccentric whose notions of death are eerily true to life? And what happens to the children who are taken in the night?
Two men: one white, one black; one in the North and one in the South. Their correspondence reveals secrets that could damn them both but what really happened one hot night in Mississippi?
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