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Curses And Other Buried Things - Caroline George



Blood holds all kinds of curses.

When her eighteenth birthday triggers a generational curse, a girl in a Southern swamp town seeks to reckon the histories of her ancestors.

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“Blood holds all kinds of curses.”

Seven generations of women in Susana Prather’s family have been lost to the Georgia swamp behind her house. The morning after her eighteenth birthday, she awakens soaked with water, with no memory of sleepwalking. No matter how she tries to stop it, she’s pulled from her safe bed night after night, haunted by her own family history and legacy. Now, the truth feels unavoidable: it’s only a matter of time before she loses her mind and the swamp becomes her grave.

Unless she can figure out how to break the curse.

When she isn’t sleepwalking, she’s dreaming of her great-great-great-great-grandmother, Suzanna Yawn, who set the curse in motion in 1855. Her ancestor’s life bears such similarity to her own that it might hold the key she seeks. Or it might only foretell tragedy.

As Susana seeks solutions in the past and the present, family members hold secrets tighter to their chests, friends grow distant, and old flames threaten to sputter and die. But Susana has something no one else has been able to seize: the unflagging belief that all curses can be broken and that love can help a new future begin.


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"A teenager strives to break a generations-old curse in which the firstborn daughter always meets a tragic end in this propulsive story by George (The Summer We Forgot) . . . Sumptuous, dark details increase the creeping atmosphere of this judiciously rendered psychological exploration of blame, healing, and trauma."

—Publishers Weekly

"Full of mystery and an eerie resonance, Curses and Other Buried Things explores the bonds, the beauty and the bitterness of family inheritances against a southern gothic setting that seeps into the reader like swamp water."

—Autumn Krause, author of Before the Devil Knows You’re Here and A Dress for the Wicked

"Pulses with Southern Gothic mystery and atmosphere like the hum of summer-night cicadas, and glows with hope and love like the fireflies that illuminate the sultry dark. The only thing that will slow your page-turning is pausing every other line to read a perfect sentence a few more times."

—Jeff Zentner, Morris Award–winning author of The Serpent King

". . . an immersive, beautifully crafted tale about overcoming the life-defining words we’ve always heard about ourselves and finding the courage to live in freedom. Unforgettable."

—Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times bestselling author

"You will just have to take my word when I tell you this book IS a literary masterpiece."

—Goodreads Review

"Yet beyond the gorgeous southern vibes, intriguing characters, & twisty mystery were deep truths—hard truths—and so much heart & hope. It’s a story of learning to live outside the shadows of our pasts."

—Goodreads Review

"Past and present are richly intertwined in this gorgeously written, atmospheric novel."

—Lygia Day Peñaflor, author of Creep: A Love Story


Caroline George Author


Caroline George is the multi-award-winning author of Dearest Josephine, The Summer We Forgot, and other YA fiction titles. Her first book released when she was fifteen years old, a feat which led to more publications and internships with HarperCollins and Hillsong in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Belmont University with a degree in publishing and public relations, and now travels the country, speaking at conferences and writing full-time.

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