Two lives, two centuries, one place.
photo by Mary Michael
Hannah’s House published 2008 by Wolf’s Pond Press
Chapel Hill, NC
When Iris Layton moves into her raw new subdivision house after her divorce, she wants to start over without history. But even her scrap of a lot has its history, she learns. The weedy tangle at its end conceals the remnants of an old farmhouse, and if you believe the local tales, the ghost of a long ago resident, Hannah Davis. Iris does not buy the stories, but she finds herself haunted by Hannah in another way. She finds connections with this vanished woman that fill a need in her own life as she faces a threat that has nothing to do with ghosts. In her own time Hannah Davis, too, is alone and haunted by her past and her memories. Hannah is sought out as a practitioner of native medicine, but as a woman of an uncertain race and an unfamiliar culture, she remains a lifelong outsider. Now that a dying girl has been left at her door, she learns also that she may be in real danger.