A New Verse Novel of Love, Gravedigging, Pulses the Future of Literature

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Author Morgan Young pushes the envelope on many things literary and succeeds in carving a memorable name for herself in the amazing novel “Gravedigger”.

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In the small town of Arnica Springs, Montana, the whole world can be encompassed in a matter of miles – and life, death, and a circle of hope and despair can be experienced in the bond created between two damaged teenagers. In the novel, Gravedigger, Blake McClendon’s entire life is surrounded by death and decay, since his father is their town’s only professional mortician. Blake dreams of finding a way out of his oppressive world and create a new identity for himself.

On a cold autumn day Blake meets Annie McKinley, a girl damaged in a tragic accident, and a brief conversation changes both of their lives. As fall turns to winter, Blake and Annie begin to fall in love, a love that blooms under a cloud of impending doom. Blake and Annie grow closer, navigating their way through a minefield of personal damage and social pressures; but unknown to them, a greater threat hunts them than the decay of The Springs.

Annie is being watched by her next-door neighbor, a serial killer waiting for the time to strike again. A battle for life and death is rushing toward them, unseen and monstrous, waiting for them both on an abandoned train track on the edge of town. Life, death, and sacrifice are woven together in this suspenseful story of love and survival. Written in edgy verse that distinguishes the book from many others, Morgan Young takes the vital essences of Stephen King and mixes them with shades of The Iliad and The Odyssey in a venture that takes her far into the future of literature. The result is highly original and satisfyingly grotty, for lack of a better word.

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About the Author
Morgan Young lives in Grand Haven, Michigan with her family. Gravedigger is Morgan’s first published novel, and has been writing since the age of 14.

Gravedigger * by Morgan Young
Publication Date: September 17, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 264 pages; 978-1-4797-1101-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 264 pages; 978-1-4797-1102-4

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