Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you’re dead.
Though I could not feel paper between my fingers, smell ink, or taste the tip of a pencil, I could see and hear the world with all the clarity of the Living. They, on the other hand, did not see me as a shadow or a floating vapor. To the Quick, I was empty air.
Or so I thought.
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen–terrified, but intrigued–is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.
Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California, where she lived in a mildly haunted house for 12 years. She has taught English in California and Hawaii. The winner of three Kay Snow Writing Awards, she is involved in community theater and volunteers backstage in various productions, plays a wrench in the pirate reenactment group BOOM, and sings madrigals with the Sherwood Renaissance Singers. She is the author of A Certain Slant of Light and lives in Portland, Oregon.
Lauren Molina is an award-winning actress, musician, and narrator. She appeared in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, as well as the hit musical Rock of Ages and Candide. She is a notable songstress, lauded by the New York Times as a "sweet-voiced soprano," receiving an award for Best Supporting Actress from the independent Reviewers of New England, and releasing two albums, Doo-Be-Doo and Sea For Two.