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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Blog Tour: The Murmurings by Carly Anne West (Excerpt)

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I'm supposed to wonder why Gregor Samsa is a cockroach. Not how. Why. That's the way Mrs. Dodd says we need to think if we're going to analysis The Metamorphosis. Otherwise, the how gets distracting. Apparently, Franz Kafka didn't want us questioning how it's possible that some guy could wake up one morning as a cockroach. We're supposed to focus on why he would be a giant, hideous insect, as to why it had to happen to him and nobody else, to wonder why his family doesn't care.
It feels pretty familiar, actually: all those why questions, that whole family-not-caring thing. Except that my mom probably wouldn't notice if I grew antennae and a couple of extra legs, let alone take notice enough to throw apples at me across the dining room table. As much as I want to listen to what Mrs. Dodd is saying about Gregor Samsa and cockroaces, all I can think about is how I wanted my junior year to feel different. Maybe more like it was happening to me and not somebody else. Maybe just...quieter. Nell was always the outgoing one. I liked being the sister of someone who was popular. It came with fringe benefits. No one teased me if I sat in a corner at a lunch with a book, rather than a table with friends. Aftter Nell went into the hosital, though, everything changed. All of her so-called friends treated her like a leper. And now, I'm someone feared by association.
The MurmuringsTitle: The Murmurings
Author: Carly Anne West
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Genres: YA
Pages: 384


Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not….
About the Author
Carly Anne West is a freelance writer with an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. She lives with her husband and son in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at CarlyAnneWest.com


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