Sixteen-year-old Aidan's grandmother has a secret recipe. She feeds ghosts. Her nightly ritual keeps the local lost souls lingering, caught between life and death. When Aidan stumbles upon this knowledge in the wake of his own father's death, the revelation shakes him to the core. Grief-stricken, he is dangerously drawn into the strange and wondrous world of the dead - and away from the living people who love him.
This beautifully crafted tale of love and loss is told in shades of otherworldly mystery. David Stahler, Jr. spins a chilling story that delves into the depths of grief and emerges as a shimmering celebration of life.
One part ghost story, one part redemptive tale of love and loss, A Gathering of Shades follows teenage Aidan as he mourns his father's death and adapts to a new life with his mother and grandmother in Vermont. He soon discovers that his grandmother is far more interesting than she first appeared, and in fact conducts strange, secret rituals in the woods every night. Aidan's eventual participation in these rituals will change everything he knows about the world of the living and the dead, and help him grow in ways he never thought possible. A well-constructed story crafted in vivid prose and eerily evoked by Mark Weatherup Jr.'s performance.
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A nice slow pace - great character development
One of the best.
The mood. The story.
Aden's attempt to attract his "dad" by mixing his blood with the brook water.