"The Winter People" with Jennifer McMahon (Burlington)

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
191 Bank Street
05401 Burlington

Join us for a reading, discussion, and booksigning with Jennifer McMahon.  McMahon is the author of six novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in Montpelier, Vermont.


"Jennifer McMahon is a writer of exceptional talent, and The Winter People is a hypnotic, gripping and deeply moving thriller. With her beautifully drawn characters and complex, layered, and suspenseful story, McMahon has woven a dream from which I didn't want to wake-and couldn't have even if I wanted to." -Lisa Unger, author of In the Blood

"I don't believe in ghosts. At least that's what I kept telling myself as I read The Winter People. I also don't need to sleep with the lights on. I told myself that, too. But I was whistling past a graveyard-or, in this case-past a Vermont landscape that is authentic and recognizable and still altogether chilling. The Winter People is terrifying-everything you could want in a classic ghost story." -Chris Bohjalian, author of The Light in the Ruins

"In an edge-of-your-seat scary ghost story, Jennifer McMahon's The Winter People yanks you from one page to the next by expertly weaving the past and present. I will never look at the woods behind my home in the same way again!" -Heather Gudenkauf, author of The Weight of Silence

"A deliciously terrifying glimpse into a ghostly world that will haunt you long after you've finished the last page. Jennifer McMahon knows how to conjure your darkest fears and nightmares, while entertaining you with a clever, twisty plot that winds around and around, pulling you deep into the forbidden, secret world of The Winter People." -Chevy Stevens, author of Always Watching

"This is not a book that will sit unread on anyone's bedside table for very long. Open the first few pages and you are swept into a swift, dark current of unfolding events that will hold you enthralled. Much more than a spooky mystery of murder and mayhem, The Winter People blends the anguish of loss and the yearning for connection into one great story, well told." -Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker

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ISBN: 9780385538497
Published: Doubleday Books - February 11th, 2014

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances
and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea,
who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months
after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day,
nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother,
Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they
live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when
Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a
trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara
Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's
bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate,
she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking
for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop
history from repeating itself.