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Read a Lost Chapter from A Room Away from the Wolves

A Room Away from the Wolves is a ghost story set in a refuge for troubled girls deep in the heart of New York City. This boardinghouse is called Catherine House, named after the young woman who died a century ago, questionably and tragically, leaving her home open to future generations of girls. The house is filled with magical secrets and living memories, the downstairs rooms still decorated the way they were when Catherine was alive.

The original draft of A Room Away from the Wolves had an over-ambitious component that fell out of the story. There used to be some interspersed chapters written in a third-person, often omniscient voice that didn’t match the bulk of seventeen-year-old Bina’s narration. My intention was to use these pieces as a way to see the world from other eyes, but I came to realize that I didn’t need those eyes. In fact, the mysteries of the story felt more, well, mysterious when we were left guessing if the framed photograph on the wall above the fireplace really was watching Bina wherever she went, for example. Simply put, I couldn’t find a place for them anymore.

This chapter is the only one I regretted losing. It begins at night in the downstairs parlor of Catherine House, and reveals a never-before-seen perspective. For anyone who has read A Room Away from the Wolves and finds themselves curious about Catherine de Barra, her story is here…

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