July 2009 Indie Next List
“Five children who are stolen from their homes (and made to forget it) are raised to teenagers by a tall blonde woman calling herself their governess. She bestows special gifts upon them, magically amplifying what seem to be their natural abilities but, in truth, preying on their greatest weaknesses and insecurities. A fast-paced, suspenseful novel.”
— Elizabeth Bluemle, Flying Pig Boooks, Shelburne, VT
A devilish debut by a brother-sister team invites us into the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.
One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.
About the Author
Daniel Nayeri is the author of several books including "Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow: Four Novellas". He has also worked as a professional pastry chef and a stuntman.
Dina Nayeri was born in Tehran during the revolution and immigrated to Oklahoma at ten years old. She has a BA from Princeton and a Master of Education and MBA from Harvard. She is a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.