The Town Built on Sorrow

By David Oppegaard

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Welcome to the strange mountain foothills town of Hawthorn, where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling finds herself increasingly obsessed with the diary of a local 1860s pioneer girl while a serial killer runs unchecked through the area, dumping his victims into the town’s dark river. As Harper’s curiosity leads her closer and closer to the killer, she’ll have to think fast or join the killer’s growing list of victims. Because in Hawthorn, a town built on sorrow, the barrier between life and death is as fragile as an old, forgotten skull.

About the Author

David is the author of The Town Built on Sorrow (Sept. 2017-Flux), 2016 MN Book Award finalist The Firebug of Balrog County (Flux), the Bram Stoker-nominated The Suicide Collectors (St. Martin’s Press), And the Hills Opened Up (Burnt Bridge), and Wormwood, Nevada (St. Martin’s Press). He holds an MFA in Writing from Hamline University and a BA in English from St. Olaf College. He lives in St. Paul, MN.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9781635830064
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.25 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Sep 26, 2017
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 264
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense

Reviews of The Town Built on Sorrow:

"Oppegaard pens an intense, page-turning, often harrowing nail-biter."—Kirkus Reviews

"A good purchase if you have an audience that is into crime fiction."—School Library Connection

"Oppegaard weaves together three stories that are very different in tone and substance but make for a unique reading experience that feels fresh, entertaining and more than a little creepy."—School Library Journal

"In the end, all the [book's] threads come together in one of the most heart-stopping, creepiest conclusions in Y.A. fiction." —The St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Deeply disturbing and life affirming, [Oppegaard's] twisting narrative is one that fans of horror, mystery, and teen drama alike will be sure to devour." —Booklist

"An intriguing and realistic read."—VOYA

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