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The Black Isle (International)

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An ambitious, supernatural coming-of-age story With its paranormal-meets-goth sensibility and angsty, flawed-but-fierce heroine, The Black Isle is a natural fit for the Twilight crowd...But the book is decidedly darker than the vampire series and not without social commentary. [Los Angeles Times]

Destined to be among summer's sleeper hits is Sandi Tan's gulpable first novel The Black Isle.

A sweeping story of ghosts in the modern world, and one woman's struggle to create her own destiny.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation. . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.

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Praise for The Black Isle (International)

  • An elegant, disturbing and satisfying read, both epic and intimate. [LA Weekly]

  • Destined to be among summer's sleeper hits is Sandi Tan's gulpable first novel The Black Isle. [Vogue]

  • An ambitious, supernatural coming-of-age story With its paranormal-meets-goth sensibility and angsty, flawed-but-fierce heroine, The Black Isle is a natural fit for the Twilight crowd...But the book is decidedly darker than the vampire series and not without social commentary. [Los Angeles Times]

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