"The plot is invigorating and exciting...Unexpected twists leave readers both on edge and fulfilled..." --Kirkus Reviews
In the Bad Bayous, guile—a power in the water that changes people and objects, sometimes for the worse—sets Yonie Watereye, 16, on a path that puts her own life in danger as she traces her family tree and finds a murderer.
Guile is published by Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.)
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Here's what it says on the back of the Advance Reading Copy:
The water throughout the Bad Bayous is thick with guile, a powerful substance that changes objects and people exposed to it, for better or worse.
Sixteen-year-old orphan Yonie Watereye ekes out a meager living posing as a "pearly," someone who can sense the presence of guile. Yonie's situation is precarious, to say the least: she isn't a pearly, and her "seeings" are performed by her cat.
Already rejected by her papa's swamp-dwelling family, Yonie decides to investigate her mother's mysterious upper-class background. When her High Town relatives rebuff her, Yonie suddenly has new mysteries to solve. Was her parents' death really an accident? Where is her grand-aunt Nettie? And what unknown person is making malevolent use of powerful guile-changed things--one of which is nearly fatal to Yonie herself?
Family ties, family secrets, a whisper of romance, and an array of guile-filled objects are artfully entwined in this layered tale of a young woman looking for her true family and her true home.
Guile started with a short story called "The Wily Thing" which was published in Black Gate Magazine in 2008. It was well received:
- Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
- Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2009 Edition, edited by Rich Horton
- "An absolute delight. The setting is fascinating and original, every detail crafted in prose with real charm.” --Lois Tilton, Internet Review of Science Fiction
Read an excerpt from the short story