We Hear the Dead

ISBN: 9781402230929

By: Dianne Salerni

Published: 05/01/2010

Maggie Fox didn’t mean to create a new religion...

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“Readers will be swept along with Maggie and Kate as they bamboozle an entire nation, and will feel for Maggie as she debates whether or not to leave the profession…Dianne K. Salerni has written a brilliant debut novel.” —TeensReadToo.com Maggie: I began the deception when I was too young to know right from wrong. Only with the passing of time did I come to understand the consequences of my actions. Kate: I do not believe that I have ever intentionally deceived anyone. Maggie has a different understanding of the events that have happened. To her the spirits were always a game. For me they were my life’s calling. I have no regrets. It starts as a harmless prank…then one lie quickly grows into another. Soon Kate and Maggie Fox are swept into a dizzying flurry of national attention for their abilities to communicate with the dead. But living a lie is sometimes too much to handle, even if you have the best intentions. Based on a true story, We Hear the Dead reveals how secrets and lies can sometimes lead you to what’s real and what’s right. And how sometimes talking with the dead is easier than talking with the people around you. What Readers Are Saying: “Masterfully written…a first-class novel.” “A crafty, enchanting, mesmerizing read.” “Adventure, romance, heartbreak, a bit of history, and a story that will touch you.” “Dianne Salerni is masterful.” “An enjoyable ride…and one well worth taking.” “A great read that had me turning pages long after I should have gone to bed.”

About the Author

Dianne Salerni

DIANNE K. SALERNI is an elementary school teacher, author, and online book reviewer. She has previously published educational materials for teachers, as well as short stories. We Hear the Dead is her first full-length novel. With her husband and her two daughters, Salerni lives in Pennsylvania, where she is at work on her novel.


Table of Contents

Author’s Note ix
Confessions xi
Part One: The Haunting of Hydesville 1
Part Two: The Rise of a Religion 69
Part Three: The Affair and the Adventurer 185
Part Four: Education and Exile 283
Part Five: Folly and Fate 361
Afterword 423
A Final Word 425
Want to Read More? 426
Acknowledgments 427
About the Author 429


From Chapter One:

I was not happy about leaving the cheerful and bustling city of Rochester for the dreary, vacant countryside of Wayne County. I had just turned fourteen, and I


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““Maggie is a bright, interesting, and down to earth character who believes that she is offering a service by giving comfort to grieving families… Those who like historical fiction w...

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Format: Paperback

Length: 8.25 in
Width: 5.5 in
Weight: 18.32 oz
Page Count: 448 pages


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