If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept. 16-year-old Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness. Still, she yearns to play bluegrass on the fiddle like her father did... even if her best friend/crush Sarah would rather play folk-rock.
But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets. In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing. As the trial looms, Shady has to figure out how she can prove her brother is innocent to a regular court, even as her developing attraction to the mandolin-playing Cedar make her question her feelings about Sarah. Sawkill Girls meets Beautiful Creatures in this lush and eerie novel featuring family secrets, a gorgeously resonant LGBTQ love triangle, and just the right amount of creepiness. This young adult debut is a haunting and hopeful story about facing everything that haunts us in the dark.
"[Sarah] yearns to play bluegrass with the same darkness and emotion [as her father]. However, Sarah, Shady’s best friend, crush, and band mate, only wants to play new music, folk-rock songs that Shady doesn’t feel a connection to.... Debut author Waters weaves an intense and spectral atmosphere with vivid prose. A love triangle complicates bisexual Shady’s feelings as mutual attraction and interests draw her to mandolin-playing cowboy Cedar. The romantic conflict heightens the suspense while also exploring relationship compatibility." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||15 and up|
|Publication Date||Jul 14, 2020|