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"A haunting and provocative debut."
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
"Slowly a small town's secrets come to light in a story that skits a fine line between mystery and psychological suspense."
—Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"The Qualities of Wood, the fine debut novel by Mary Vensel White, grabbed me right away and held me in its thrall until the final page. The writing is tensely crafted and beautifully precise."
—Wendy Lawless, author of Chanel Bonfire
"How little we know our loved ones until faced with their families, both living and dead... Mary Vensel White has packed a hornets' nest of intrigue in The Qualities of Wood."
—Leslie Lehr, author of What a Mother Knows