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About Gifts for the Dead
Publisher: Five Directions Press
Jack Hopper is holding tight to his secret, though it gets heavier by the day. Nora Sweeny is tired of suffering losses and ready to improvise. Their relationship, based on Jack’s lies and Nora’s pragmatism, builds against a background that includes World War I (as experienced from the docks of Hoboken, New Jersey) and escalates when Jack and Nora travel together to the rainforest of South America seeking closure for a life-shattering event that occurred years earlier. Equal parts romance, adventure, and psychological suspense tale, Gifts for the Dead shines a floodlight on the characters’ deepest yearnings and greatest fears.
Gifts for the Dead is both a standalone novel and the second installment in Schweighardt’s “rivers” trilogy.
”Every elegantly crafted scene in Joan Schweighardt’s Gifts for the Dead is a gift in itself––lush, perfectly detailed and fitted within a marvelous story of secrets, loss, love and adventure. This is a page-turner whose intriguing and sweeping story immerses the reader in the experience of early 20th century America while shrewdly observing a socio-political atmosphere that echoes the one we currently inhabit.”
–Rocco Lo Bosco is the author of Staying Sane in Crazy Town and other nonfiction and fiction titles.
Joan Schweighardt is the author of six novels, a memoir, two children’s books and various magazine articles, including a 10-page story (featuring photos by photographer Michael Dooley) in Parabola Magazine. She is also a regular contributor to Bloom, where she conducts interviews with people who found their passion after the age of 40 for her Bloomers Blazing column. Joan regularly provides book reviews for the Five Directions Press newsletter, and she heads up a feature called “Five Directions Press Authors Dish,” also for the newsletter. Five Directions currently publishes Joan’s fiction titles, while her children’s titles are with Waldorf Press.
In addition to her own projects, Joan has worked as a publisher, agent, ghostwriter and editor.
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