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Isobelle is staying with her uncle, an immigrant from Congo who is an avid collector of tales of witchcraft. It's unsettling: what is living in her dead cousin Mbuyi's room, and why does Uncle lock her in her room with magical protections every night? For that matter, why did Mbuyi, an only son, have the name traditionally given to the elder of a pair of twins? The family secrets reach back to Congo years before.

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