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Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Seduction of Water, The Drowning Tree, The Ghost Orchid, The Sonnet Lover, and The Night VillaThe Seduction of Water won the Hammett Prize, and others of her novels have been nominated for the Dublin/IMPAC Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages. She lives in New York state with her family.

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Arcadia Falls
Written by Carol Goodman
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | February 2011
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-49754-3 (0-345-49754-6)

Financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take recently widowed Meg Rosenthal and her aloof teenage daughter, Sally, to Arcadia Falls, a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. The creaky, neglected cottage they’ll be calling home feels like... Read more

Written by Carol Goodman
Speak | Trade Paperback | October 2014
$9.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-242251-9 (0-14-242251-7)

“Carol Goodman’s Blythewood is reminiscent of both Harry Potter and The Diviners, but in a way that doesn’t distract from the entertaining story within."*

After narrowly escaping death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, seventeen-year-old Avaline Hall is sent to Blythewood Academy, the elite girls’ boarding school in New York’s Hudson Valley... Read more

The Drowning Tree
Written by Carol Goodman
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | December 2004
$13.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-46212-1 (0-345-46212-2)

Artfully imagined, intricately detailed, eerily poignant: these are the outstanding features of Carol Goodman’s literary thrillers. She is part novelist, part craftsman—and The Drowning Tree is her newest masterpiece.

Juno McKay intended to avoid the nearby campus of her alma mater during her fifteenth reunion weekend, but she just can’t turn down... Read more

The Ghost Orchid
Written by Carol Goodman
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | April 2007
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-46214-5 (0-345-46214-9)

In her enthralling novels of literary suspense, Carol Goodman writes stories that resonate with emotion set in lush landscapes that entice the senses. Now, with The Ghost Orchid, a narrative that seamlessly weaves together the past and the present, Goodman creates her most lyrical and haunting work to date.

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Written by Carol Goodman
Viking Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | December 2015
$17.99/23.99(Canada) | 978-0-670-78478-3 (0-670-78478-8)

A world on the brink of war.
All Avaline Hall wants is to enjoy her senior year at Blythewood Academy, the boarding school where she’s been trained to defend humankind from forces of dark magic. But when Ava is shown a glimpse into the future in the enchanted Blythe Wood, she discovers... Read more

The Lake of Dead Languages
Written by Carol Goodman
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-45089-0 (0-345-45089-2)

“A gothic and elegant page-turner.”—The Boston Globe

Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before her graduation, in that sheltered wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the... Read more

The Night Villa
Written by Carol Goodman
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | August 2008
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-47960-0 (0-345-47960-2)

An evocative tale of intrigue, romance, and treachery, Carol Goodman’s spellbinding new novel, The Night Villa, follows the fascinating lives of two remarkable women centuries apart.

The eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures and secrets. Centuries later, echoes of this disaster... Read more

Written by Carol Goodman
Speak | Trade Paperback | August 2015
$10.99/12.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-242252-6 (0-14-242252-5)

Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl. 

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us.  After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with... Read more

The Seduction of Water
Written by Carol Goodman
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | December 2003
$13.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-45091-3 (0-345-45091-4)

Iris Greenfeder, ABD (All But Dissertation), feels the “buts” are taking over her life: all but published, all but a professor, all but married. Yet the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine Morrissey, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy... Read more