A memoir of the haunting and redemptive events of the acclaimed writer's life the betrayal of a con-man father; a murder-suicide in his family's house; the presence of anoystercatcher each one, as the saying goes,stranger than fiction. About The Author: Two of Howard Norman 's novels, The Northern Lights (1987) and The Bird Artist (1994), were nominated for the National BookAward. His other novels include The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L, Devotion , and What is Left the Daughter . His books have been translatedinto twelve languages. Norman is the recipient of a Lannan Award infiction, and he teaches at the University of Maryland.