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The background for this love story is the strange, true tale of the Fox Sisters, the enigmatic family of young women who, in upstate New York in 1848, by pretending to speak with the dead unwittingly (but artfully) gave birth to a religious movement that touched two continents: The American Spiritualists.
But the core of this lyrical novel is the tragedy of Clara Gill, a reclusive woman of a certain age who has isolated herself following the scandalous loss of her beautiful young lover. Clara's reluctant admission that the Fox Sisters might show her a way to live with love once more carries the reader into what it means to hope in the darkness.
Lyrical and authentic and a touch spooky Captivity is a tale about physical desire and the hope that even the thinnest faith can offer up to a dark heart.
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