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The House Uptown

Melissa Ginsburg

14-year-old Ava has already lived through every child’s worst nightmare – and now she must try to survive in a strange house of secrets

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‘Utterly unique, addictively readable.’ Pandora Sykes
‘Intriguing, elegant and seductive.’ Jessica Moor
‘You can’t put it down.’ Kevin Wilson

After the sudden death of her mother, Ava finds herself headed cross-country to live with the only relative she has left. But Lane, her grandmother, doesn’t seem to have much room in her heart for a teenage girl, barely acknowledging Ava between obsessive painting sessions. The only other person who comes around is Lane’s assistant, Oliver, who’s dealing with issues of his own.

As the summer goes on, Ava begins to get a sense that something is very wrong in her grandmother’s house. Why was Lane estranged from Ava’s mother, and is she now losing her mind? Could the danger lie with Oliver? Or, is there something darker in their past, something which could come back to destroy them all?

Critic Reviews

Sunset City entrances from its first pages. Suffused with longing, regret and a twisty eroticism, it’s a mystery of character as much as crime, and is literary noir at its most captivating.

Megan Abbott, on SUNSET CITY
Critic Reviews

Gripping, poetic and utterly mesmerising. Melissa Ginsburg gracefully navigates the lyricism of loss, the grit of hope, the sensuality of excess, and the deep complexity of female friendships. A really, truly thrilling debut.

Emma Jane Unsworth on SUNSET CITY

Melissa Ginsburg was born and raised in Houston and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost and two poetry chapbooks, Arbor and Double Blind. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi. Sunset City, her debut novel, was nominated for the John Creasey Dagger, was a Mail on…

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