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The Banshee of Machrae

 by Sonja Condit

Can Emma make the impossible decision between her boyfriend’s continued suffering or having him leave her forever?

EMMA FANE’S WORLD IS SHATTERED when her boyfriend, Kalen Machrae, drives off of a haunted bridge, leaving him teetering between life and death. After Jessa, Kalen’s obsessive sister, starts committing arson closer and closer to where the ailing Kalen rests, Emma seeks the counsel of Lilly, the Machrae family banshee. Torn between losing her boyfriend and watching his continued suffering, Emma struggles with the boundless options Lilly shows her for how the dire circumstances could end. Filled with ill-fated romance, unforgettable heartbreak, and ancestral specters, this linked collection of Southern Gothic stories peers inside the heart of the characters and leaves behind the eerie sensation that reality is unreliable.

Sonja Condit leads us into a deep and powerful exploration of the haunted Machrae family. In prose as strong and searing as the elemental force of the fires that burn through the novel, we see complexities illuminated that are too dark to turn away from. Condit is an absolutely fearless writer.

—Marlin Barton, Capote Award Winner, author of Pasture Art

Wickedly smart and wildly inventive. Condit is a one-of-a-kind writer. I loved The Banshee of Machrae.

Karin Gillespie, author of Love Literary Style

About the Author

Sonja Condit wrote her first novel, a twenty-page bildungsroman about the life of a trapdoor spider, at the age of seven. Her second novel, about a mummified cat who escaped from a museum at night and went out to have adventures with real cats, was just the beginning of her passion for telling stories that come from inside the hearts of her characters—to Sonja, plot is just an excuse to find out why people do what they do. The Banshee of Machrae was inspired by a news story about a couple of young people who went on an arson spree for love. Sonja is a musician and teacher in Greenville, SC, where she lives with her husband, two children, four cats, and a greyhound.

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