The Coffins of Little Hopeby Schaffert, Timothy
Octogenarian Essie Myles writes obituaries for the County Paragraph, the small local newspaper and family business run by her grandson Doc, who has raised his sister's child Tiff since her mother abandoned her for a life in Paris. The newspaper is one of a handful of small presses chosen to print a portion of the final book in a popular young adult series about sisters Miranda and Desiree, wards of Rothgut's Asylum for Misguided Girls. When a local woman summons Essie to her farmhouse to talk about the disappearance of her young daughter Lenore, Essie suspects that Lenore never existed. As the County Paragraph gains celebrity for its stories on the apparent kidnapping, national media organizations converge on the town and well- wishers make a pilgrimage to the farmhouse. Within this carnival atmosphere, Essie, Doc and Tiff must face a challenge to their family life.
The appeal of The Coffins of Little Hope is its off-beat humor, quirky characters and a plot awash with gothic overtones. Readers will appreciate the emphasis on books and stories on the lives of the characters.
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