The Coffins of Little Hope

By Timothy Schaffert

Essie is the octogenarian obituary writer for her family’s small town newspaper. When a young country girl is reported to be missing, perhaps whisked away by an itinerant aerial photographer, Essie stumbles onto the story of her life. Or, it all could be simply a hoax, or a delusion, the child and child-thief invented from the desperate imagination of a lonely, lovelorn woman. Either way, the story of the girl reaches far and wide, igniting controversy, attracting curiosity seekers and cult worshippers from all over the country to this dying rural town. And then it’s revealed that the long awaited final book of an infamous series of YA gothic novels is being secretly printed on the newspaper’s presses. A story of characters caught in the intricately woven webs of myth, legend, and deception, even as the fragility of childhood, the strength of family, the powerful rumor mills of rural America, and the sometimes dramatic effects of pop culture on the way we shape our world are explored.

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