Come in and Cover Me

By Gin Phillips

Whilst Ren used to be twelve years outdated, she misplaced her older brother to a motor vehicle coincidence. For twenty-five years he’s been a presence in her existence, showing with a tune or a mirrored image within the moonlight. Her connection to the ghosts round her has made her particularly delicate as an archaeologist, figuring out the naked define of our ancestors, recreating lives and tales, and respiring lifestyles into those that occupied this global lengthy sooner than us. at the cusp of crucial locate of her profession, it's the ghosts who're guiding her method. yet what they must inform Ren approximately herself, and her constructing courting with the 1st guy to truly comprehend her in view that her brother’s dying, is unexpected—a discovery concerning the dating among the earlier and the longer term, and the significance of dwelling within the second.

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