White is for Witching
by Helen Oyeyemi
Picador Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780330458153
Date: 02 April 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
The market for horror and dark fiction of all kinds is really opening up now - as evidenced by the huge number of publishers who attended the recent World Horror Convention in Brighton last month. White is for Witching is further evidence of this - a literary spine tingler by Helen Oyeyemi, the acclaimed author of The Icarus Girl. Published in paperback by Picador - be further details can be found at www.whiteisforwitching.com
"In a vast, mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the hole punched into its heart. Lily is gone and her twins, Miranda and Eliot, and her husband, the gentle Luc, mourn her absence with unspoken intensity. All is not well with the house, either, which creaks and grumbles and malignly confuses visitors in its mazy rooms, forcing winter apples in the garden when the branches should be bare. Generations of women inhabit its walls. And Miranda, with her new appetite for chalk and her keen sense for spirits, is more attuned to them than she is to her brother and father. She is leaving them slowly... slipping away from them...
This is a spine-tingling tale that has Gothic roots but an utterly modern sensibility. Told by a quartet of crystalline voices, it is electrifying in its expression of myth and memory, loss and magic, fear and love. "