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Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara's morbid habit of writing to men on death row, she helps her do it. They sign their letters as the Resurrection Girls.
But as Kara’s friendship pulls Olivia out of the dark fog she’s been living in, Olivia realizes that a different kind of darkness taints the otherwise lively Hallas women—an impulse that is strange, magical, and possibly deadly.
About the Author
Ava Morgyn is a native Texan and a lover of crystals, tarot, and powerful women with bad reputations. She studied English writing and rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin and currently resides with her family in Houston, where she lives surrounded by books and rocks and writes a blog on child loss, forloveofevelyn.com.
"Ava Morgyn's passion and tenderness shine like a candle, guiding readers through the darkness of Olivia's story. Her compelling characters are made all the more real by the eerie undertow of myth. A beautiful, deeply emotional debut!" — Sarah Porter, author of Vassa in the Night and Never-Contented Things
"Resurrection Girls is a powerful examination of grief and loss, captivatingly woven with magic and ultimately hope. A compassionately rendered debut." — Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints
"Resurrection Girls is a heartbreak of a book, where love and loss write letters to the strange things that lurk in the darkness. It's a stunning story that blends the inexplicable and the beautiful with the bittersweet." — Rin Chupeco, author of "The Bone Witch" trilogy and The Never Tilting World
"A raw, poignant, unflinching examination of grief and healing wrapped up in a compelling story. Resurrection Girls is a brilliant debut." —C.J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of the Ravenspire series
"Three years ago, Olivia Foster's 3-year-old brother, Robby, drowned in the backyard pool while she flirted with her crush, Prescott Peters.Since then, the pool has been filled in, her mother rarely emerges from her room, her dad's work hours have mysteriously gotten longer, and 16-year-old narrator Olivia occasionally raids her mother's prescription pill stash to dull her own pain and guilt as she assumes a lion's share of the responsibility at home. The scorching Houston summer takes a transformative turn when Kara Hallas moves into the long-vacant house across the street with her cigar-chomping maternal grandmother, Sybil, and flame-haired mother, Rhea. The wild and vibrant Kara is a magnet for everyone, including Prescott, whom Olivia has barely seen since Robby's death. Friendship, and maybe something more, blooms, and Kara convinces Olivia to help her write letters to death row inmates as the Resurrection Girls, claiming that they're giving them hope in their last days. A dark and unearthly something simmers in Kara that awakens a fire in Olivia and may be the key to finding a way out of the ‘endless parade of days’ they've marched through like ‘automatons’ since Robby's death. The lovely, assured prose draws on ancient archetypes and a lingering sense of dread to pave the way for a strange but satisfying conclusion. All characters are assumed white (the Hallas family are Greek American). Morgyn's supernaturally tinged debut is a heartbreaking but hopeful exploration of death and grief" — Kirkus Reviews
"It’s been three years since Olivia Foster’s younger brother drowned in the family’s swimming pool, an accident for which she feels responsible. She has lived in a veritable vacuum ever since. Now 16, Olivia’s life changes when Kara Halles moves into the house across the street, along with her mother and grandmother. Reckless, fearless Kara convinces Olivia to venture out and even join in Kara’s pen-pal correspondences with ‘lifer’ convicts. Fantasy and realism meld in the heat of the Houston summer as the teens wade deeper into drugs, alcohol, and lightly macabre activities; meanwhile, Olivia and her parents finally begin to emerge from their sorrow-induced hibernations. As hope begins to infiltrate their grief, things take a bizarre turn when the Halles women disappear as mysteriously as they had appeared. Debut author Morgyn began writing Resurrection Girls before her own daughter died, but spent the year following incorporating an understanding of the deep sorrow wrought by a child’s death. It is a raw, captivating exploration of grief, friendship, and the reclamation of life." — Booklist