When a young country girl is reported to be missing, perhaps whisked away by an itinerant aerial photographer, Essie stumbles onto the story of her life. Or, perhaps it is simply a hoax, or a delusion: the child and child-thief invented from the desperate imagination of a lonely, lovelorn woman. Either way, the story of the girl reaches far and wide, igniting controversy, attracting curiosity seekers and cult worshippers from all over the country to a dying rural town.
Schaffert is the author of four novels: The Coffins of Little Hope, Devils in the Sugar Shop, The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God and The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters (the Nebraska Book Award). He teaches in the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Coffins of Little Hope is available for check out from the Palmdale City Library.
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