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Compulsively readable and stylistically stunning, Black Dog Summer begins with a murder, a farmstead massacre, in the South African bush. Thirty-eight-year-old Sally is but one of the victims. Her life brutally cut short, she narrates from her vantage point in the afterlife and watches as her sister, Adele, her brother-in-law and unrequited love Liam, her niece Bryony, and her teenage daughter, Gigi, begin to make sense of the tragedy. 

A suspenseful drama focusing on marriage and fidelity, sisterhood, and the fractious bond between mothers and daughters, Black Dog Summer asks: in the wake of tragedy, where does all that dark energy linger? The youngest characters, Bryony and Gigi, cousins who are now brought together after Sally’s murder, are forced into sharing a bedroom. Bryony becomes confused and frightened by the violent energy stirred up and awakened by the massacre, while Gigi is unable to see beyond her deep grief and guilt. But they are not the only ones aware of the lurking darkness. Next door lives Lesedi, a reluctant witch doctor who hides her mystical connection with the dead behind the façade of their affluent Johannesburg suburb. 

As Gigi finally begins to emerge from her grief, the fragile healing process is derailed when she receives some shattering news, and in a mistaken effort to protect her cousin, puts Bryony’s life in imminent danger. Now Sally must find a way to prevent her daughter from making a mistake that could destroy the lives of all who are left behind. Gorgeously written, with a pace that will leave readers breathless, Black Dog Summer introduces a brilliant new voice in fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Black Dog Summer is tightly woven and richly rewarding.”

    Cape Times (South Africa)

  • “Evocative….Sherry’s sense of pacing and her keen ear for dialogue make for a good read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The story succeeds as a dysfunctional family drama.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sherry builds suspense as she explores the bonds between siblings, spouses, and parents and children. A beautifully written literary debut centering on the power of love and memory.”


  • “A successful combination of murder mystery, ghost story, and marital drama.”


  • “Vibrates with tension…A hauntingly beautiful tale from a writer to watch.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Jilly Bond immediately draws the listener into this story, which is told by the ghost of a woman named Sally. Her tone is conversational, warm, and rambling as she attempts to make sense of her death—and why she’s trapped on earth, not heading towards the white light. Bond’s narration is breathy and intriguing. Sally says she has no choice but to pursue the story of why she remains among the living. Neither does the listener, under the spell of Jilly Bond’s expert style. Bond juggles cadence, pitch, and pace to build the suspense at the heart of this story. She’s an excellent choice to voice the questions that drive the plot forward: Who killed Sally? And is her daughter safe? This is an excellent example of how audio can make for riveting fiction. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Miranda Sherry grew up in Johannesburg in a house filled with books, and was seven when she began writing stories. Her first novel, Days Like Glass, was shortlisted for the EU Literary Award in South Africa in 2005. Miranda currently lives in Johannesburg with her sort-of-husband and two weird cats.