As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

By Gregory Galloway

Anna Cayne had moved right here in August, prior to our sophomore 12 months in highschool, yet by means of February she had, one after the other, killed everybody on the town. Anna—who prefers to be referred to as Anastasia—is a touch spooky and intricate highschool woman with a penchant for riddles, Houdini methods, and ghost tales. She spends a lot of her time writing obituaries for each residing individual on the town. She is in contrast to an individual the narrator has ever identified, and so they make an not going, although chuffed, pair. Then per week earlier than Valentine's Day, Anna disappears, forsaking just a gown positioned well close to a gap within the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions. eager to locate her, or a minimum of to understand what occurred and why, the narrator starts off to reconstruct the prior 5 months. and shortly the fragments of curious occasions, intimate conversations, secrets and techniques, and bizarre letters (and the nameless messages that proceed to reach) coalesce into haunting and dazzling revelations which could implicate acquaintances, kin, or even Anna herself.

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Her name was Anna Cayne. “It’s supposed to be ‘Coyne,’” she told me in maybe the second conversation I had with her, “and there’s a couple of theories of how it got to be spelled with an a. One is that some of the family was involved in some sort of criminal activity a long time ago, hundreds of years—murder, kidnapping, that sort of thing—and that the more respectable relatives changed the spelling of their name to distance themselves from the bad ones. ” I told her that I’d heard the same thing about my family, since my last name was also available in an o and an a version.

It was the end of September and I was in the library stacks, wasting the rest of my lunch hour, trying out a new theory, a suggestion one of my teachers had given me. I had taken On the Road by Jack Kerouac from the shelf and turned around, and there she was, standing quietly a few feet away, calmly staring at me. “Burroughs is better,” she said. ” I looked at the book in my hand and then looked past her. It should have indicated to her that I wanted to get by to check out the Kerouac. She didn’t pay any attention.

There’s this scene where the character Bruno is at a tennis match and everyone is watching the ball go back and forth across the net, their heads moving right to left, right to left, but Bruno’s head is perfectly still, because he’s staring right at one of the players. ” “You’ll have to watch it to find out,” she said. ” She jumped up and grabbed me by the hand, and we walked down the steps to sit in the front row. Now everyone was watching. ” she said. ” “Relax. ” I looked back up into the stands.

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