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In this “hunting and exciting” (John Green) epic of literary suspense from the number one best-selling New York Times author The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a young boy is possessed by a voice in his mind.

Seven years old is Christopher.

Christopher is the city’s new boy.

Christopher has a companion in his imagination.

We could swallow our fear or swallow us with our fear.

Kate Reese’s single mother is on the run. Determined to improve life for Christopher and her family, she is fleeing an abusive relationship with her child in the middle of the night. Together, they find themselves attracted to Mill Grove, Pennsylvania’s tight-knit culture. It’s as far far as they can from the beaten track. Only one road in, one road out. 

It seems like the best place to settle down at first. Christopher then disappears. Nobody can find him for six awful days. Until Christopher emerges unharmed but not unchanged from the woods at the edge of the city. Only he can hear with a voice in his mind, with a task he can only complete: by Christmas build a tree house in the forest, or his mother and everybody in the city will never again be the same. 

Twenty years ago, the The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky helped people feel endless everywhere. Now, with an epic work of literary horror, Chbosky has come back years in the making, whose great scope and rich emotion redefine the genre. It is listed with the lights on.