• “Scharper shines in this surprising and engaging gothic novel… Impeccably researched and beautifully told, this is a tale that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.” – Publishers Weekly starred review
• Perdita is an ecogothic novel unfolding in the tempestuous landscapes of Canada’s Great Lakes. Historian Garth Hellyer’s search for the oldest living people on the planet leads him to Marged Brice and her assertion that she is 134-years-old.
Marged’s alleged longevity, however, is based on dubious “proofs.” Sequestered in a nursing home by relatives eagerly awaiting her death, she has only her diaries from the late 1890s to prove her identity.
Garth is certain the diaries could not possibly be hers, but is intrigued by Marged’s confession that she is ready to die, but can’t—she’s held back by the presence of someone she calls Perdita.
Despite his skepticism, Garth agrees to read “her” journals. Soon he’s enthralled by Marged’s story, set in the wildness of Canada’s Bruce Peninsula. With the help of his childhood friend, Clare, he sets out to uncover the truth about Perdita—
Everyone knows about death. It’s life that’s infinitely mysterious….