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Paper & Ink, Flesh & Blood

by Rita Mace Walston

As a tormented young girl, Margaux Locke had very few friends not made of paper and ink. A strange and wonderful inheritance from her aunt allows Margaux to hear books speak aloud to her—with earnest words of wisdom and ominous warnings. When her husband, August Locke, falls to his death in a horse race, she must return to her Virginia roots and forge the flesh and blood strength to uncover the bitter truth about her late husband and save her beloved land. A suspenseful literary tale for all book lovers, Paper & Ink, Flesh & Blood leads the reader through a story of love, loss, and danger as Margaux defines her path and comes to terms with a life far beyond the one she’d plotted. 

This intimacy, in such a case, feels like a privilege, and it gives us considerable pleasure to have been granted closeness to Margaux. . . . Line by line, paragraph by paragraph, it’s a real pleasure to read.

—Pinckney Benedict, author of the award-winning , Miracle Boy and Other Stories

Elegant and strange, magical in its metaphor, Paper & Ink, Flesh & Blood gives us an old-fashioned kind of heroine in Margaux, a woman who lives inside her lifeblood connection to books. This is a story full of its own electricity.

Ashley Warlick, author of The Arrangement

With rich and gorgeous writing as well as a real gift for place . . . wise and heartbreaking. . . . A dazzling love letter to the power—and magic—of books!

—Constance Sayers, author of A Witch in Time

About the Author

Reading has always been an escape and a refuge for Rita Mace Walston. She wanted to write a novel that could be that for others. A story with empathetic characters in situations that are relatable. About coming to terms with who you are. Acknowledging and accepting your history. Becoming comfortable in your own skin. Fitting in, or maybe deciding that not fitting in is just fine, too. She thinks embracing who you truly are, regardless of who else does, is the best happy ending of all.

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