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I have decided on: The Book of Speculation / Erika Swyler.
The Elliot is a short story but not in a collection. I'll try to get it this month but may save it for later.
The one I picked doesn't really fit. I use tags to choose from my tbr, and someone had this tagged horror, but I guess everyone's definition is a bit different.
I'm going to post it here, anyway, because it's what I'd planned on, but it really isn't horror. :-(
The Book of Speculation / Erika Swyler
Simon is a librarian who has just lost his job. His old house is falling apart around him and he can’t afford to fix it. His has pretty much raised his sister, Enola, but she’s been gone for a long time. She reads tarot cards for a travelling circus. When a bookseller gives him a book with his grandmother’s name in it, he starts researching. He discovers that the women in previous generations of his family all drowned on July 24. When Enola comes home to visit close to that date, he is worried.
The book goes back and forth in time, following Simon’s life and back in time, following the circus that one of his ancestors belonged to. At first, I didn’t mind the historical portion of the story, but somewhere along the way, much of that part of the story lost my interest, though I still enjoyed Simon and Enola’s portion of the story. Overall, it was ok.