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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Dec 04, 2018 Carton Quantity: 12 $34.00 CAD
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Once Upon a River
By (author): Diane Setterfield
9780385663328 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical Dec 04, 2018
$34.00 CAD
Active 6.55 x 9.52 x 1.37 in 432 pages Doubleday Canada Bond Street Books
From bestselling author Diane Setterfield, a new mystery as gorgeous, spellbinding and addictively readable as her blockbuster debut The Thirteenth Tale.

Solstice is a time of dreaming, a time of stories and a time of magic.

On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The 600-year-old pub is a famed hub for storytellers, but the patrons cannot know that their evening will be stranger than any tale they could weave. Into the inn bursts a mysterious man, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and how they came to be injured, he collapses.

Upriver, two families are searching desperately for their missing daughters. Alice Armstrong has been missing for twenty-four hours, ever since her mother’s suicide. And Amelia Vaughan vanished without a trace two years prior. When the families learn of the lost little girl at the Swan Inn, each wonders if their child has at last been found. But identifying the child may not be as easy as it seems.

Once Upon a River is a miracle of a novel, a tale of love and family, of secrets and betrayal, and of the transformative power of storytelling.

Story Locale: England

ANOTHER TALE: This spectacular book has all the qualities that thrilled readers of The Thirteenth Tale—beautiful writing and a gripping story. And where Tale paid homage to the book world, Once Upon a River celebrates the power of oral storytelling.

LITERARY MEETS COMMERCIAL: This book is a page-turning mystery, a heart-stopping romance and a beautiful exploration of love and loss. Readers will not want to put it down.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Diane Setterfield’s books have sold 125K copies in Canada, across formats.

DIANE SETTERFIELD is the author of The Thirteenth Tale, which was published in thirty-eight countries worldwide and has sold more than three million copies, and Bellman & Black. Before leaving academia to pursue writing, she taught English at the Institut universitaire de technologie and the Ecole nationale supérieure de Chimie, both in Mulhouse, France, and later lectured in French at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She lives in Oxford, UK.

Author Residence: Oxford, UK

Author Hometown: Englefield, Berkshire, UK

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Praise for The Thirteenth Tale:

“A book for people who both love books and know the importance of stories…. Setterfield spins her tale with the skill and confidence of a born storyteller.” —Edmonton Journal

“Whimsical, moving and consciously nostalgic, Diane Setterfield knows the limits of enchantment, even as she tries to break them.”—Times Literary Supplement (UK)

“Confident, creepy and absorbing.” —The Sunday Times (UK)

The Thirteenth Tale is a cleverly plotted, beautifully written homage to the classic romantic mystery novel…. Gothic elements are skilfully re-imagined in a peculiar tale of madness, murder, incest and dark secrets…. It is a remarkable first book, a book about the joy of books, a riveting multi-layered mystery that twists and turns, and weaves a quite magical spell.” —The Independent (UK)


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