In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to sEances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she' s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love-- a boy who died in battle-- returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her? Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
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"In a story that is never quite what it seems, narrator Angela Goethals delivers an enchanting performance as the voice of 16-year-old Mary Shelley Black. In San Diego in the last months of WWI, Mary Shelley faces life on the home front, the dreaded Spanish influenza, and the full force of human desperation in the face of loss and tragedy. Goethals narrates at a slow, hypnotic pace, particularly when delivering Mary ShelleyÕs thoughts or her haunting dreams and visions of her lost love, Stephen. Her voice shows a maturity and strength that match Mary ShelleyÕs character and resolve, and she portrays all the supporting characters with unique voices. The story of Mary Shelley and Stephen is revealed slowly through memories, letters, and interactions with the spirit world. E.N. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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