August 2013 Indie Next List
“Ruby Rosseau, believes, like other
women writers before her, that she had gone mad. Her suicide
attempt at Tarble, a women's college, leads to her dropping out
and failing to graduate. Ten months later, a suitcase with her
name on it arrives at her home via courier. But the suitcase
belongs to a former classmate at Tarble who has gone missing. Her
search for her friend leads her back to Tarble to face her past
and the ghosts that threaten to destroy her life. It will take a
'butterfly sister,' someone who inspires metamorphosis, to save
her and her friend. Hansen's debut of madness, mystery, revenge,
betrayal, love and literature will keep you guessing until the
surprise ending. A great story for a women's book group.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
In The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen--a moving Gothic tale that intertwines mystery, madness, betrayal, love, and literature--a fragile young woman must silence the ghosts of her past.
Ten months after dropping out of all-girl Tarble College, Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year, a time marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that caused her to question her sanity.
When a mysterious suitcase arrives bearing Ruby's name and address, she tries to return it to its rightful owner, Beth--a dorm-mate at Tarble--only to learn that Beth disappeared two days earlier.
With clues found in the luggage, including a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, which Ruby believes instigated her madness, she sets out to uncover the truth.