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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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‘Superb.’ The Guardian
‘A page-turner.’ Jonathan Lethem
‘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

A superbly written, intriguing character study of how the past impacts on the present.

Laura Wilson, The Guardian
Critic Reviews

Melissa Ginsburg's page-turner is a devastatingly simple trap: characters so beguiling you settle in for a charming coming-of-age fable before realizing the spring is snapping shut on an inexorable and satisfying calamity.

Jonathan Lethem
Critic Reviews

‘Intriguing, elegant and seductive. Ginsburg leads her reader through a New Orleans full of vibrant life and lingering ghosts. You will fall for it - slowly at first, then all at once.

Jessica Moor
Critic Reviews

[An] utterly unique, addictively readable, gut-punch novel.

Pandora Sykes
Critic Reviews

Melissa Ginsburg's brilliance is on full display in The House Uptown. By giving us these layered, complicated characters, all suffering from previous traumas, Ginsburg reveals how the past keeps reaching toward us, and what we'll do to stay out of its reach. It's a book that breaks you down, even though you can't put it down.

Kevin Wilson
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

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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