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Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   14.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/14/2018


Or: The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684418473
Digital Download ISBN:9781684418480


The first new novel in twelve years from Half Life author Shelley Jackson, Riddance is a disquieting supernatural investigation into life after death.

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Eleven-year-old Jane Grandison, tormented by her stutter, sits in the back seat of a car, letter in hand inviting her to live and study at the Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children. Founded in 1890 by Headmistress Sybil Joines, the school—at first glance—is a sanctuary for children seeking to cure their speech impediments. Inspired by her haunted and tragic childhood, the Headmistress has other ideas.

Pioneering the field of necrophysics, the Headmistress harnesses the "gift" she and her students possess. Through their stutters, together they have the ability to channel ghostly voices communicating from the land of the dead, a realm the Headmistress herself visits at will. Things change for the school and the Headmistress when a student disappears, attracting attention from parents and police alike.


"Not only an incredible yarn but a delightfully strange, wondrously original, and dazzlingly immersive gothic love letter to storytelling." ―Booklist

"The wildly creative Jackson . . . spins a fragmented, Gothic murder mystery." ―Los Angeles Times

"Joines is a remarkable creation in a wonderful book―an imperious, otherworldly, and damaged figure who, haunted by her childhood, devises and devotes her life to a haunted philosophy." ―Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Author Bio

Shelley Jackson has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Old Woman and the Wave and Sophia, the Alchemist's Dog. Shelley's books for adults include The Melancholy of Anatomy and Half Life. She is well known for her pioneering cross-genre experiments. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.