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Rust & Stardust: A Novel Hardcover – 14 August 2018

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Library Journal Best of 2018!

San Diego Book Award 2019 winner for Best Published Mystery/Suspense!

Thoughtfully rendered. --Vanity Fair

Chilling...a perfect read. --Bustle

"A beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace."
--Booklist (starred review)

"Heartrending....Readers who relish novels based on true events will be both riveted and disturbed by this retelling of one of America's most famous abduction cases." --Library Journal (starred review)

Fast-moving....T. Greenwood has clearly done her research. --New York Review of Books

"Riveting suspense....Grace touches this dark tale....Greenwood's story will spellbind readers." --Publishers Weekly

Enthralling...Wonderfully researched and written with stirring prose, Rust & Stardust is a gut-wrenching read. --Tulsa Book Review

Well-written and heartbreaking. --Watertown Daily Times

Unflinching but compassionate, Greenwood deftly unravels the devastating layers of malice and carelessness that tore Sally from her family, but also the love and perseverance that eventually brought her home." -- Bryn Greenwood, author of the New York Times bestseller All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

"Greenwood's glowing dark ruby of a novel brilliantly transforms the true crime story that inspired Nabokov's Lolita. Shatteringly original and eloquently written, Rust and Stardust is a lot about how what we believe to be true can shape or ruin a life, and the bright lure of innocence pitted against the murk of evil. So ferociously suspenseful, I found myself holding my breath, and so gorgeous and so unsettling in all the roads it might have taken, I kept rereading pages." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and
Cruel Beautiful World

A riveting and thoughtful exploration of how the dark secrets of a terrible crime affect and hurt so many--and how light and hope persist in the face of such horrors. Greenwood writes with such compassion and feeling, and she is such a confident, skillful storyteller, that you'll stay up late to find out the fates of her memorable, beautiful characters. --Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of California and Woman No. 17

A harrowing, ripped-from-the-headlines story of lives altered in the blink of an eye, once again proving her eloquence and dexterity as an author." --Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

A lyrical and haunting meditation on family, love, and survival, this novel--and Sally Horner--stayed with me long after I turned the last page. --Jillian Cantor, author of Margot

Greenwood is unmatched in her innate ability to weave lush, poetic language into a riveting story that hooks the reader from page one. --Amy Hatvany, author of Best Kept Secret, and It Happens All the Time


The gripping, heart-wrenching novel of Sally Horner, the 11-year-old kidnapping victim whose abduction in 1948 inspired Nabokov's <i>Lolita.</i>

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St Martin's Press (14 August 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250164192
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250164193
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.31 x 3.18 x 24.31 cm
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T. Greenwood is the author of thirteen novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won four San Diego Book Awards. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. BODIES OF WATER was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award. Her latest novel, KEEPING LUCY, was published in August 2019.

She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink and online for The Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters. She is also a photographer.

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