Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others goes far deeper than she ever imagined.
About the Author
Heidi Julavits has published short fiction in Esquire; her nonfiction has been published in Poets & Writers and Time Out New York. A 1990 graduate of Dartmouth, she has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is at work on her second novel.
Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a coveted Audie Award, and was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.
"...wry, witty...magical...Julavits's often acerbic prose generates laughs despite the sad reality of Julia's life." - Publishers Weekly "...searing...Intelligent and ambitious..." - Kirkus Reviews