A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that's replaced by obscene insults. Amanda-a successful architect in a happy marriage-finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she's doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.
The new voice in Amanda's head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life. A book on demon possession suggests that the figure on the shore could be the demon Naamah, known to scholars of the Kabbalah as the second wife of Adam, who stole into his dreams and tricked him into fathering her child. Whatever the case, as the violence of her erratic behavior increases, Amanda knows that she must act to put her life right, or see it destroyed.
NOT THAT Ed wasn’t attentive, not that he didn’t notice what was going on in my life. He just wasn’t able to put the pieces together as quickly as the dog. Ed was my hero, my savior. Ed was the man wh...
Sara Gran is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including Claire DeWitt and the Cityof the Dead, Come Closer and Dope. She also writes for film and TV (including TNT's 'Southland') and has published in The New York Times, The New OrleansTimes Picayune, and USA Today.
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