Please welcome back author Cat Winters to Deadly Destinations. The Uninvited by Cat Winters is set during the Great Influenza of 1918. Ivy Rowen has provided us with a survival list of what we should or shouldn’t do during this terrible time in American and world history. The Uninvited is a standalone adult historical novel was released on August 11, 2015 from William Morrow/HarperCollins.
THE UNINVITED, by Cat Winters
Buchanan, Illinois, Survival Guide
Every single time I catch sight of one of you, Death immediately snatches away someone I love. I glimpse you in my home and on the darkened streets, and I fear who will be the next to leave me.
Perhaps I can deter you from come coming my way. Quite frankly, I don’t recommend a visit to my hometown of Buchanan, Illinois, for anyone right now, living or dead.
Spirits, here is what one needs to do to survive during this hellish autumn of 1918. I swear, even you might not be able to set foot here without feeling haunted.
DON’T speak German. We’re still very much at war with Germany, and local citizens—including members of my own family, I’m ashamed to admit—are on the hunt for anyone who seems more German than American.
DO buy Liberty Bonds to help fund the war. I know, it’s a silly request to give a spirit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the “superpatriots” among us stopped and questioned the loyalty of even those who are no longer living and breathing. Townsfolks already ran at least one man out of Buchanan for failing to buy bonds.
DON’T be surprised to see our local grocer turning his delivery wagon into a makeshift hearse. In addition to the war-inspired paranoia, a lethal flu is raging through town, and I worry we’ll soon have more ghosts than mortals residing here. Perhaps that thought makes you happy, lonely spirits, but it paralyzes me.
DO keep a close watch over your shoulder. Spies exist among us, namely members of a group of volunteers called the American Protective League. In fact, I’ve caught one of their members trailing me. I’ve grown quite close to a young German gentleman, you see, and the vigilantes of Buchanan now treat me like a criminal.
DON’T play any German music, including Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart. Local authorities recently interrogated a young mother for singing Brahms to her child. Yes, even art can be considered “the enemy” right now.
DO carry your “enemy alien” registration card with you at all times if you were German-born. It’s the law.
DON’T visit the jazz club that now occupies the top floor of the Buchanan Masonic Lodge. That’s one of my only means of escape right now, and I don’t want you there, spirits. I don’t want you spoiling that little taste of heaven for me.
DO be prepared to be confused by some of our street names. Werner Street sounded too foreign; therefore, it became Willow Street after the start of the war.
DON’T linger in the roads for too long after dark. I spend the nights driving through town in a Red Cross ambulance, helping to fetch the sick with two other volunteers. I don’t have time to watch out for ghosts as I’m tearing through the streets.
So, wayward spirits, as you can plainly see, Buchanan, Illinois, isn’t a place for you. Stay away. For your own good and mine, please stay far away.
Yours in desperation,
Cat Winters is the author of award-winning young adult fiction, including In the Shadow of Blackbirds, a Morris Award Finalist and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and The Cure for Dreaming, a VOYA 2014 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror pick. Her debut adult novel, The Uninvited, released from William Morrow on August 11, 2015. She lives in Portland with her husband and two kids.
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Available August 11, 2015 from William Morrow/HarperCollins
About this Book:
From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirdscomes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who lovedThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.
Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.
Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.
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