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Themes of Grief, Guilt and Sisterhood in Miranda Sherry’s Debut Novel, Black Dog Summer

Black Dog SummerMiranda Sherry debuts with Black Dog Summer, a novel to be published by Jacana this month:

A murdered mother watches from the heavens as her traumatised daughter adjusts to life with a new family. A powerful and gripping first novel from a truly original new storyteller.

Yesterday, Sally was living in a rambling farmstead with her teenage daughter Gigi. Now Sally is dead, murdered, and Gigi is alone in the world.

But Sally cannot die. She lingers unseen in her daughter’s shadow. When Gigi moves in with her aunt’s family, Sally comes too. When Gigi’s trauma stirs up long-buried secrets, Sally watches helplessly as the family begins to unravel.

Then Gigi’s young cousin develops an obsession with African magic, and events take a darker turn. Now Sally must find a way to stop her daughter from making a mistake that will destroy the lives of all who are left behind.

About the author

Miranda Sherry grew up in Johannesburg in a house full of books, and began writing stories at the age of seven. A few decades, and a variety of jobs – from puppeteer to bartender, and musician – later, she is now a full time writer. She continues to live in Johannesburg, with the love of her life, and her two weird cats. Black Dog Summer is her first novel.

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