A Dry Spell


A Dry Spell by Susie Moloney
Genre: Fiction
374 pages

Goodlands, N.Dak., is a town in the grip of a four-year drought, which begins about the time that lonely Karen Grange comes to work for the local branch of Commercial Farm Credit. Forced to foreclose on her new neighbors and friends, desperate Karen sends for rainmaker Thompson Keatley. His arrival in Goodlands triggers the suspicions of the locals, who are crazy for explanations. It also awakens something much stronger and more malevolent--the spirit of a dead woman, which takes up residence in a local girl named Vida Whalley. The author balances sharply observed details of small-town life, including the tensions of failure and poverty, with understated moments of mystery and horror, creating a modern-day American Gothic.

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