Mr. Splitfoot

Mr. Splitfoot

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender,  Mr. Splitfoot  tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.

Ruth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth's niece, Cora, finds herself accidentally pregnant. After years of absence, Aunt Ruth appears, mute and full of intention. She is on a mysterious mission, leading Cora on an odyssey across the entire state of New York on foot. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who -- or what -- has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?     In an ingeniously structured dual narrative, two separate timelines move toward the same point of crisis. Their merging will upend and reinvent the whole. A subversive ghost story that is carefully plotted and elegantly constructed,  Mr. Splitfoot  will set your heart racing and your brain churning. Mysteries abound, criminals roam free, utopian communities show their age, the mundane world intrudes on the supernatural and vice versa.     Making good on the extraordinary acclaim for her previous books, Samantha Hunt continues to be "dazzling" ( Vanity Fair ) and to deliver fiction that is "daring and delicious" ( Chicago Tribune ).
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780544526709
Branch Call Number: FICTION HUN
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 22 cm

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sandyc99
Oct 04, 2017

Found myself struggling to get through, thinking, what is the point. The style of breaking plots up was not terribly effective here, compared to "All the Light We Cannot See," because the chunks are simply too short which makes the prose very choppy. The character development was well done though.

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Amber L Moreno
Mar 31, 2016

Quick read with snappy action. A relaxing ghost story with excellent writing and wild characters. Highly recommended!

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