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New Release from MFA Alum David Oppegaard

David Oppegaard Town Built on Sorrow 375


By David Oppegaard (MFA '06)
YA Fiction
Published by Flux Books
Publication date: September 26, 2017

About the Book

Welcome to the strange mountain foothills town of Hawthorn, where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling finds herself increasingly obsessed with the diary of a local 1860s pioneer girl while a serial killer runs unchecked through the area, dumping his victims into the town's dark river. As Harper's curiosity leads her closer and closer to the killer, she'll have to think fast or join the killer's growing list of victims. Because in Hawthorn, a town built on sorrow, the barrier between life and death is as fragile as an old, forgotten skull

Critical Praise

"Oppegaard pens an intense, page-turning, often harrowing nail-biter." -KIRKUS Reviews

"Oppegaard weaves together three stories that are very different in tone and substance but make for a unique reading experience that feels fresh, entertaining and more than a little creepy." -School Library Journal

"There’s a ghost in the story, scary old mining tunnels and some mysticism. In the end, all the threads come together in one of the most heart-stopping, creepiest conclusions in Y.A. fiction." -Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Publication Reading

Saturday, September 30, 3 pm at Artist Bottega in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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