ELIZABETH EVANS KIRK had a successful PR career before quitting her job and moving to Los Angeles to pursue writing full-time, where she wrote THE GRAVEDIGGERS OF CHAMPAGNE COUNTY in a cemetery in Hollywood. She currently lives with her husband and her pug in California.
Bobby Cassel is a man between two islands - Rikers Island, where he has been held for nearly 10 years without being officially charged, and Hart Island, New York City's mass grave. His job as gravedigger is shaken up one morning when a woman joins the inmates on their ferry to 'the island of the dead.' When he overhears why she's visiting an unmarked grave, his whole world is changed.
After an unspeakable family trauma forces 16-year-old Violet into her into the safe arms of God’s Acre, the mystical town cemetery, she forges an unlikely friendship with the cagey, old gravedigger Albert. She soon discovers she's not the only one with secrets, and the dead have their own stories to tell, and what a lively bunch of storytellers they prove to be.