Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin. Published by Bloomsbury 

Marcus is only 11 years old when his mother dies. He’s forced to move to a small South Carolina island to live with his artist aunt Charlotte. Charlotte shows him a ruined old cottage telling the boy that it helped her 30 years before when her own life was falling apart. She credits the cottage with giving her the ability to paint. Locals call the ramshackle building Grief Cottagesbecause a boy and his parents were killed there during a hurricane 50 years before. Marcus begins to visit the cottage every day and it’s not long before he meets the ghost of the boy who drowned there. The relationship he forms with the boy is unusual and Marcus can never tell if the ghost wants to be his friend or is looking for something more sinister. The beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry and Godwins prose make this an absolutely gorgeous Southern Gothic.

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