• “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
• Stunning…richly complex and unpredictable.—Historical Novel Review
Marged Brice is 134 years old. She’s ready to pass on…if it weren’t for Perdita…
The story of “Perdita” takes places at a lighthouse on Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) and tells the tale of a woman alleged to be the oldest living person on the earth. A ghostly, gothic-hybrid (a child seemingly drowned in an 1898 shipwreck) shadows the boundary between life and death, and impedes Marged Brice’s desire to pass on.
Prof. Garth Hellyer of the Longevity Project doesn’t believe that Marged is 134 years old. But Marged desperately needs someone to take care of Perdita after she dies. Garth seems the perfect candidate…if only it weren’t for his stubborn common sense….
• “Perdita is very much a character-driven novel, with one of the main characters being the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Scharper’s characterization of the setting is spectacular. After reading this book, I feel like I know its windswept, rocky shorelines, waving grasses and groves of tall pines almost as well as I know the suburban neighborhood I grew up in… This book would be a good fit for those who enjoy literary fiction, pondering the nature of love, and anyone familiar with Georgian Bay or the Bruce Peninsula area of Ontario. ” – Reading Lark
• “An enrapturing, thoughtful, strangely alluring ghostly, gothic mystery tale… The novel, as a whole, is definitely another strong representation of the top-notch writing quality represented in most of the Sourcebooks Landmark books… very strongly written and has great pacing/an innovative narrative structure. ” – A Bibliophile’s Reverie
• Scharper’s prose in Marged’s voice is just as measured, just as alluringly old-fasioned as many a Pulitzer or Orange Prize winner before her… stunningly beautiful…Scharper accomplishes first-rate historical fiction…believable, charming and genuinely hypnotic to read… Her prose will haunt you.—The Globe and Mail
• “This Gothic novel will beguile many a fireplace-illuminated evening… Twisty-turny, captivating.” – Philly.com
• “From the first page I was hooked and was engrossed all the way through… beautiful, descriptive writing.” – Always With a Book
• “The gothic aspect of this book was interesting. Inflections of Emily Brontë are found throughout Scharper’s prose… an engaging read.” – Royal Reviews