Mr. Splitfoot (Hardcover)

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This book is many things: a ghost story, a road trip adventure, and at it's heart and exploration of relationships, belief, & what it means/takes to be someone's "mother". And it's all wrapped up in a haunting, strange, and beautifully written novel. I devoured it.

— From Mr. Splitfoot, by Samantha Hunt


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).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544526709
ISBN-10: 0544526708
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English