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Ghost Wall

A Novel

by Sarah Moss

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Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
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    Jan 2019, 144 pages
    Paperback:
    Dec 31, 2019, 144 pages

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In this slim, psychologically-taut novel, a teenage girl's historical reenactment trip with her parents launches a coming-of-age rebellion.

A suspenseful, literary coming-of-age novel set in rural Northumberland, England, Ghost Wall tackles potent themes of feminine power, rage and resistance, toxic masculinity, and survival. Although set in the 21st century, Sarah Moss contrasts primitive ways with contemporary attitudes to build tension throughout the narrative. The short prologue describes a brutal ritual sacrifice that happened in the area in ancient times. Moss then shifts to the present to introduce her protagonist, but this violence still hangs in the air. 16-year-old Silvie is assisting her parents on a historical reenactment project, guiding a team of young adult archaeology students (Peter, Dan and Molly) and their professor Jim on a short course to practice traditional bushcraft. This involves adopting the clothing and tools of the ancient Picts who thrived in Northumberland before the Romans conquered the region ...

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