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Romance writer Joanna Boden has just published her first novel and the book’s moderate success has given her the confidence to leave her 9-5 job to write full-time. With her advance, she has... More > bought her first home — a 1970s city town house, one of twenty-four in the row house development on her street. Not long after moving in, she discovers that her home, along with the rest of the row-houses, was only possible because of the demolition of a dozen or more fine Edwardian houses which had stood on their own large lots. She is intrigued to learn from the elderly owner of the one surviving original house on the block, Rosalie Campbell, that the project had been passionately protested by many, including Rosalie’s own activist daughter, Terry, who disappeared before the development was finished. Obsessed with Terry's story, Jo's own comfortable life (and her writing) changes dramatically. And what’s going on with Jo’s garden and why won’t anything grow there?< Less
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Young Toronto graphic artist Strachan (pronounced ‘Strawn’ per the Gaelic) Marshall is a loner and could be considered something of a loser. Things change dramatically when she is... More > compelled to check out an attic in an eerie, derelict building, and finds herself feverishly "transcribing" the journal of Celia, a young Englishwoman from decades earlier, who relates her experiences in war-torn Britain. Naturally, practical Strachan refuses to coin the word "ghost”. The whole thing is an exciting adventure. When she produces a poignant memoir, which focuses on the apparently doomed affair between Celia, a WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force), and Alex, an RAF serviceman, with detailed descriptions of the era which appear to be as accurate as if Strachan had lived through it herself, people are bound to have questions. Telling the truth would mark Strachan as psychotic, so she lies, saying she did a lot of research. She didn’t. Only those closest to her know about The Attic.< Less
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Writers naturally have vivid imaginations, but when romance novelist Joanna Boden hears the local legend about the mysterious disappearance of a young woman forty years earlier, her fixation with the... More > story takes over her life -- and her writing style, which becomes alarmingly dark. When human remains are found in her own garden, she knows she can never go back to her old life -- carefree, predictable, secure and -- let's face it -- rather dull. The final outcome of her research is unlike anything she could have imagined, even on one of her better writing days.< Less
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No one really believes in ghosts in the Twenty-First Century, do they? Strachan (pronounced 'Strawn', per the Gaelic) Marshall, staunchly practical and down-to-earth, certainly doesn’t, even... More > as she finds herself in an attic in a derelict house across from her apartment in Toronto, transcribing Celia’s story of life in England during World War II. It’s more than a bit strange, but is it really a ghost story? When Strachan produces a beautifully written book about Celia, people are bound to ask questions. She knows little about Canadian history, let alone Britain’s. The truth would mark her as psychotic, so she lies. Only those closest to her know about The Attic.< Less
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