The next course for me in the BookSparks University Fall Reading Challenge for 2014 is Intro to Ghost Stories with the required reading of The Barter by Siobhan Adcock.
The Barter by Siobhan Adcock
About The Book:
The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism. Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two young mothers at the turning point of their lives. Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay-at-home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb. But for Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent: Something she loves and needs. And now a terrifying presence has entered her home; only nobody but Bridget can feel it. On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband. The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child. Much will occur in this cold house, none of it good. As Siobhan Adcock crosscuts these stories with mounting tension, each woman arrives at a terrible ordeal of her own making, tinged with love and fear and dread. What will they sacrifice to save their families - and themselves? Readers will slow down to enjoy the gorgeous language, then speed up to see what happens next in a plot that thrums with the weight of decision - and its explosive consequences.
This is quite a different book. It is a great story line. Eerie, and real, and addictive. A great story to curl up with this Fall!
About The Author:
Siobhan Adcock is the author of 30 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Before Turning 30. She has worked at Anchor Books and iVillage and recently earned an MFA from Cornell.
Buy this book at The Barter on Amazon.