Magdalena will be released by Regal House Publishing in the summer of 2023. It was on the short list of finals in the William Faulkner William Wisdom Novel Competition and won a Chanticleer Int'l Book Award.
In a small secluded town that thrives on gossip and superstition, Dottie offers plenty of both when the scandal breaks about a missing girl, a ghost, and the affair that started it all. Having suffered a history of miscarriages, reclusive Dottie develops a strange motherly interest in her 15-year-old neighbor, Magdalena. Somewhere between fantasy and reality, Dottie finds new life in her relationship with the mysterious girl. But Dottie's entanglements with Magdalena, a curious centenarian, a compelling stranger, an ex-mobster, and a murder of crows thrusts this once cloistered woman into a frenzy of public scrutiny. To quell the rumors, Dottie puts pen to paper and discovers something as frightening as it is liberating-- her voice.
"Beautifully written and satisfyingly creepy, this is one of the most poignant and original ghost stories I've ever read."
--Mark Haskell Smith, author of Blown
"Sary's instinct for the miraculous is indeed strong in this tender novel that lovingly captures the yearning for human connection."
--Donia Bijan, author of The Last Days of Cafe Leila
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