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By Joyce Carol Oates

Finally again to print in a stunning paperback version, a haunting gothic story of a nineteenth-century immigrant family members of self assurance artists—a tale of morality, duplicity, and retribution that explores the depths of human manipulation and vulnerability

The patriarch of the Licht kinfolk, Abraham has raised a brood of gifted con artists, little ones molded in his photograph, and specialists within the online game, his calling and philosophy of lifestyles. touring from one small city to the following around the continent, from the Northeast to the frontier West, they skillfully swindle unsuspecting sufferers, enjoying on their greed, lust, delight, and small-mindedness. regardless of their luck, Abraham can't banish a previous that haunts him: the ghost of his ancestor Sarah Licht, a former con girl who met with a grotesque fate.

As Abraham comprises his relatives in additional and extra advanced and ambitious schemes, he unearths himself stuck among the threat of Sarah and the transforming into terrors of his current. whereas his rigorously crafted lies and schemes start to fracture and fall apart sooner than his eyes, Abraham discovers that the bond of relations is as tenuous and treacherous because the methods he perpetrates upon unsuspecting strangers.

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By Joyce Carol Oates

Finally again to print in a stunning paperback version, a haunting gothic story of a nineteenth-century immigrant family members of self assurance artists—a tale of morality, duplicity, and retribution that explores the depths of human manipulation and vulnerability

The patriarch of the Licht kinfolk, Abraham has raised a brood of gifted con artists, little ones molded in his photograph, and specialists within the online game, his calling and philosophy of lifestyles. touring from one small city to the following around the continent, from the Northeast to the frontier West, they skillfully swindle unsuspecting sufferers, enjoying on their greed, lust, delight, and small-mindedness. regardless of their luck, Abraham can't banish a previous that haunts him: the ghost of his ancestor Sarah Licht, a former con girl who met with a grotesque fate.

As Abraham comprises his relatives in additional and extra advanced and ambitious schemes, he unearths himself stuck among the threat of Sarah and the transforming into terrors of his current. whereas his rigorously crafted lies and schemes start to fracture and fall apart sooner than his eyes, Abraham discovers that the bond of relations is as tenuous and treacherous because the methods he perpetrates upon unsuspecting strangers.

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