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The Ancestor

by Danielle Trussoni

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The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
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  • Published Apr 2020
    368 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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From the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Angelology series comes a bewitching gothic novel of suspense that plunges readers into a world of dark family secrets, the mysteries of human genetics, and the burden of family inheritance.

It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta "Bert" Monte receives a letter addressed to "Countess Alberta Montebianco" at her Hudson Valley, New York, home that claims she's inherited a noble title, money, and a castle in Italy. While Bert is more than a little skeptical, the mystery of her aristocratic family's past, and the chance to escape her stressful life for a luxury holiday in Italy, is too good to pass up.

At first, her inheritance seems like a dream come true: a champagne-drenched trip on a private jet to Turin, Italy; lawyers with lists of artwork and jewels bequeathed to Bert; a helicopter ride to an ancestral castle nestled in the Italian Alps below Mont Blanc; a portrait gallery of ancestors Bert never knew existed; and a cellar of expensive vintage wine for Bert to drink.

But her ancestry has a dark side, and Bert soon learns that her family history is particularly complicated. As Bert begins to unravel the Montebianco secrets, she begins to realize her true inheritance lies not in a legacy of ancestral treasures, but in her very genes.

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"Trussoni plausibly and expertly combines an intense, darkly gothic narrative with elements of mystery, the paranormal, and legendary tales. This odyssey of monsters and family will enrapture readers." - Publishers Weekly

"Scientific speculation seeps into the world of the eerie in Trussoni's lush thriller...an opulently romantic horror tale, with a plucky, if not always sensible, heroine." - Kirkus Reviews

"[T]he story will sweep readers up in the awe and wonder, asking us to examine our own complicated ancestry...The rags-to-riches theme paired with long-buried secrets and a claustrophobic setting in which monsters can hide in plain sight makes this title appealing to a wide range of readers." - Library Journal

"The intermingling of science, legend, and genealogy make for a truly captivating tale of literary horror." - Booklist

"Danielle Trussoni's The Ancestor is a lushly written, dream-like modern gothic with as many dark turns and twists as the Montebianco family tree has branches. Welcome to the family." - Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

"A surprise inheritance, remote castle in the Alps, and a cursed family bloodline? Yes, please! The Ancestor is a gloriously modern Gothic novel, blending mythic monsters with modern science in ways that gave me a thrill. Danielle Trussoni has written one hell of a tale." - Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

"The Ancestor is a wonderful shape-shifter of a novel. One minute you'll suppose you're in a haunted house: think Shirley Jackson. The next, you're transported into the sort of world Mary Shelley might have created for Frankenstein. Danielle Trussoni is an immensely gifted literary descendant of both storytellers — they are among her ancestors — which is one of the many reasons why I savor her work so very much." - Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and The Red Lotus

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Danielle Trussoni Author Biography

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Danielle Trussoni is of Italian descent and grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Trussoni graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a BA in history and English in 1996, and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received an MFA in fiction writing in 2002. She is the author of literary gothic novel The Ancestor and the Angelology series, a New York Times and Internationally bestselling series published in over 32 countries. She is also the author of the memoirs The Fortress and Falling Through the Earth, which was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2006 by The New York Times Book Review. She writes the Gothic & Horror column for The New York Times Book Review.

Danielle has lived in Japan, England, Bulgaria, France, The United States and Mexico. She currently ...

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