Libba Bray, author of the hilarious novel Beauty Queens, has stepped into a different level of storytelling with her novel The Diviners.
She tackles the subject of magic and evil in a way only she can. It is a complicated read, and those used to her writing style might be taken aback by how different her approach is to writing with this book.
The characters are fresh and inspired, and the story, set in New York City in the 1920’s, is a tale full of the kind of energy and pacing that excites a reader.
Those who are not familiar with Bray’s work will be surprised by how the book flows, with each character being fleshed out and made real. The character development in The Diviners is its greatest asset, and as you read you get lost in the world of magic and divination that is explored in the book.
This is a writer that just keeps getting better, and anyone who wants to see someone hitting their stride in mastering their craft should read this book.
— Rosa, New Jersey
Fall '12 Kids List
“If you want to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the 1920s, this is the book for you! Evie O'Neill is a true flapper, too wild for her staid hometown of Zenith, Ohio. When she is banished to stay with her Uncle Will in Manhattan, she looks forward to her exciting new life -- until it turns out to include dead bodies, mysterious intruders, and a supernatural evil that only Evie has the power to sense. Creepy and fun, The Diviners is frantic and full of slang, a love letter to the Roaring 20s. So much fun!”
— Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY
SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED. . . . Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. . . .
Includes an Introduction Read by Libba Bray
About the Author
Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestseller Beauty Queens, the Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Look for the Gemma Doyle trilogy and Going Bovine on audio from Listening Library.