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Books by Ellen Sherman

  • Into the Attic

    As Caroline, a 59-year-old writer, confronts her tragic past amidst the mountains of boxes in her attic, the ghosts of her parents and first husband appear. They had died in a car accident nearly twenty years earlier when her two children were small. It is the night before Thanksgiving, which Caroline and her second husband are hosting. At first, the ghosts say they can only meet with her-and only in the attic.


    Caroline has things she wants to tell the ghosts, but they have come with stunning secrets of their own. How she straddles the worlds above and below creates dizzying conflicts until the ghosts are granted permission to join the holiday festivities. What happens next profoundly changes the lives of everyone present.


    This engaging, often comic, novel explores the unreliability of memory, a reimagining of the afterlife, and how enduring love can help us move on.

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Ellen Sherman is the author of two previous novels, Monkeys on the Bed and Just the Facts, which was a finalist for several awards, including the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards (General Fiction) and 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (General Fiction and Second Novel). Her essays have appeared in Writer's Digest, Manhattan Book Review, New Jersey Newsroom, Family, and Parent Guide. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and has worked as a journalist, teacher, editor, and training coordinator for volunteer literacy tutors.