THE GRASS TOWER by Shirley Rousseau Murphy


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Bethany is opposed to her Aunt Selma's spiritualist Church of the Zagdesha from the beginning, but when cousin Colin drags her to a service the ceremony awakens her suppressed psychic powers and puts her in touch with a Panamanian girl named Ninea, her lost identical twin, and the key to a darker side of her own nature. Murphy treats Bethany's inner struggle with an intent seriousness that contrasts oddly with the coincidence-riddled plot--secret compartments, crossed genealogies, etc. Indeed, several incidents (such as her momentarily giving into the crude advances of her cousin Jack) which have more complex interpretations than the strictly supernatural one, will appeal to those who want a little more psychological texture than the ESP-gothic usually offers.

Pub Date: April 16th, 1976
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Atheneum