The Long Fire by Meghan Tifft

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The Long Fire by Meghan Tifft

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Paperback | 284 pp.

Her father stalks her with his spare key. Her ex diagnoses her every decision. Her mother is dead but haunting her by voicemail and she can’t stop snacking from the junk drawer. This is Natalie Krupin’s life even before it gets weird.

Debilitated by family dysfunction, and traumatized by recent tragedy, Natalie is propelled through life by pica, a disorder that has her eating a wide variety of inedibles—from pencil shavings to foam peanuts to plastic doll parts.  A lowly staff worker for the local news, she follows the inane demands of the station’s senile weatherman and comes home to an empty apartment, where she experiments in unusual décor and tries not to think about her recent breakup. 

But Natalie’s past stalks her at every turn.  When a cryptic voicemail implicates her mother’s gypsy roots in her untimely death, Natalie begins to consider the demons that consumed her mother and drove her brother to run away long ago. With increasing suspicion, she traces her mother’s mysterious family legacy back to the Roma Gypsy neighborhood she left behind so many years ago—and uncovers secrets nobody wants exposed, with consequences that may very well be deadly.  

With a wary Gypsy community tracking her every move, Natalie resolves to confront the dysfunctional and tragic figure at the heart of the mystery: the dead matriarch herself.  Smart, elegiac writing, and a page-turning drive, make this a wonderful literary thriller with a hero as intriguing as the mystery.

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