Candles Burning

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Penguin, May 1, 2007 - Fiction - 432 pages
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“A mix of magic realism and Southern gothic, this stunning collaboration between King and McDowell…moves at a hypnotic pace, like an Alabama water moccasin slipping through black water.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Calliope “Calley” Dakin is no normal little girl. She hears things that maybe a little girl shouldn’t hear—and knows things a little girl should never know.
Just seven when her beloved father is tortured, murdered, and dismembered by two women with no discernable motivation, Calley and her mother find themselves caught up in inexplicable events that exile them to Pensacola Beach. There—in a house that’s a dead ringer for Calley’s late great-grandmother’s house—another woman awaits their presence. A woman who understands what Calley is, but can’t begin to imagine just how strong her bond is with her father—even after death...

Known for his chilling Blackwater series, author Michael McDowell left behind the unfinished manuscript for Candles Burning on his death in 1999. In the spirit of the ghost stories that Michael loved, Tabitha King has taken up where he left off.

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I loved this book. As much as I wanted to figure out what the hell was going on, I didn't mind waiting to find out. The pace of the novel is very slow, but it was a pleasure to meander through. A ... Read full review

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I really, really wanted to like this book, but in the end, I found it to be a bit of bore. I slogged through the whole thing and then wondered why I had persevered. Read full review

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Tabitha King is the acclaimed author of Small World, SurvivorThe Book of Reuben, and many other titles. The wife of novelist Stephen King, she lives in Maine.

Michael McDowell, PhD, died in 1999. He was the author of a number of popular horror novels, including the six volumes of the Blackwater series.

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