Sunday, March 04, 2018

What is Ben Dolnick reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Ben Dolnick, author of The Ghost Notebooks: A Novel.

His entry begins:
Lately I've been reading stacks and stacks of genre fiction: Ruth Rendell, John MacDonald, Stephen King, Wilkie Collins, Elmore Leonard, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson. My reading desires tend to function something like a pregnant person's appetite -- they...[read on]
About The Ghost Notebooks, from the publisher:
A supernatural story of love, ghosts, and madness as a young couple, newly engaged, become caretakers of a historic museum.

When Nick Beron and Hannah Rampe decide to move from New York City to the tiny upstate town of Hibernia, they aren’t exactly running away, but they need a change. Their careers have flatlined, the city is exhausting, and they’ve reached a relationship stalemate. Hannah takes a job as live-in director of the Wright Historic House, a museum dedicated to an obscure nineteenth-century philosopher, and she and Nick swiftly move into their new home. The town’s remoteness, the speed with which Hannah is offered the job, and the lack of museum visitors barely a blip in their consideration.

At first, life in this old, creaky house feels cozy—they speak in Masterpiece Theater accents and take bottles of wine to the swimming hole. But as summer turns to fall, Hannah begins to have trouble sleeping and she hears whispers in the night. One morning, Nick wakes up to find Hannah gone. In his frantic search for her, Nick will discover the hidden legacy of Wright House: a man driven wild with grief, and a spirit aching for home.
Learn more about the book and author at Ben Dolnick's website.

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