A Ghost Story

Book - 2014
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"Picking up her pace, Frances saw a woman in the leaf-hung depths of the garden. She wore a long pink dress and a wide hat, and her skin was a creamy white. There came upon Frances a sensation that sometimes overtook her when she was looking at a painting: space was foreshortened, time stood still." When Frances met Charlie at a party in Melbourne he was married with a young son. Now she and Charlie live in Sydney with her rescue dog Rod and an unshakeable sense that they have tipped the world on its axis. They are still getting their bearings - of each other and of their adopted city. Everything is alien, unfamiliar, exotic: haunting, even. Worlds of meaning spin out of perfectly chosen words in this rare, beguiling and brilliant ghost story by Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning writer Michelle de Kretser.
Publisher: New York :, Catapult,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781936787432
Branch Call Number: FICTION DeKretse Michelle
Characteristics: 85 pages, 4 leaves of plates :,illustrations ;,18 cm
Alternative Title: Spring time


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Apr 24, 2017

Nice little book. The story is good but the end wasn't clear and felt off.

ArapahoeAndrew Oct 16, 2016

A decent enough novella, with some lovely lines throughout, though the classification as anything but general fiction is a stretch.

Sep 26, 2016

Big print, and not many pages, makes this more of a short story than novella. Well written, I suppose, but I missed the conceit of the story. The characters are generally unlikeable, which is embarrassing since they're obviously modeled after the author and her family and friends.

Mar 30, 2016

Beautifully written. de Kretser excels at deft, swift characterization. I thought the set-up was really well done, but I didn't find the conclusion very satisfying. Still, a nice way to pass a couple hours.


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