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TITLE: Mrs. Winchester’s Gun Club by Douglas Bruton PUBLISHER: Scotland Street Press PUBLICATION DATE: June 2019 PRICE £ 9.99

About the Title: Mrs. Winchester’s Gun Club is a work of literary fiction, set in San Jose, California at the turn of the 20th century.

Sarah Winchester is gripped with guilt. Left a fortune by her husband’s invention of the Winchester rifle, she is haunted by those it has slain, and by her own complicity in their deaths. In an effort to ease her conscience, she begins the construction of the Winchester House, a maze of rooms meant to house the dead Sarah cannot seem to escape.

The novel masterfully handles themes of grief, responsibility, atonement and ultimately forgiveness through a multitude of vibrant voices. Based on a true story, this tale is gripping from the start, drawing readers in with elegant prose and posing questions that linger on readers’ minds long after they set the book down. While never veering into the political, the novel delves into subject matter that is all too relevant amidst the USA’s current gun crises. The Winchester House seems to be representative of an America in crisis: an America that despite change remains stagnant in its views, that is apologetic yet uncompromising. As Sarah asks, “Is it enough to be sorry, if sorry is a feeling that runs through everything that you think or do?”

About the Author: Douglas Bruton has been writing for thirty years. He is widely published in short story anthologies and has won many prizes for his writing within the last decade, including the Neil Gunn Prize and the William Soutar Prize. He is published in literary magazines including Northwords Now, Interpreter’s House, Transmission and Bare Fiction Magazine.

Contacts Publisher: Jean Findlay at Scotland Street Press Tel: 07733164142 Email: scotlandstreetpress@gmail.com Author: Douglas Bruton Email: douglasrdbruton@hotmail.com Agent: Duncan McAra Email: duncanmcara@mac.com

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