Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s first book of short stories, How to Get Along with Women, was longlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada and have been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. de Mariaffi lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with the poet George Murray and their combined brood of four children, making them CanLit’s version of the Brady Brunch. Website: elisabethdemariaffi.com. Twitter: @ElisabethdeM.
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Reviews of Hysteria:
- “Pushing through the conventions and readerly expectations, de Mariaffi is able to create a fresh sense of suspense, building toward a climax which is breathtaking in its originality and vitality” – In the Toronto Star
- “Mariaffi brilliantly overlays the landscape with a ghost story of sorts. Her settings and overall tone of the book are extremely well done” – At I’ve Read This
Heike Lerner’s life looks perfect: she’s settled into caring for her son, Daniel, while her nights are filled with charming conversation with her husband, Eric. But lately, Heike’s noticed there are some things out of place: a mysterious cabin in the trees and a strange little girl who surfaces at the pond but then disappears — all while Eric grows increasingly controlling.
When Daniel vanishes while Heike and Eric are out one night, she will try anything to find him, but Eric insists on calm. Is Eric involved in Daniel’s disappearance? Or has something darker taken him?