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Ghost Lights (Paperback)
Ghost Lights stars an IRS bureaucrat named Hal--a man baffled by his wife's obsession with her young employer, T., and haunted by the accident that paralyzed his daughter, Casey. In a moment of drunken heroism, Hal embarks on a quest to find T.--the protagonist of Lydia Millet's much-lauded novel How the Dead Dream--who has vanished in a jungle. On his trip to Central America, Hal embroils himself in a surreal tropical adventure, descending into strange and unpredictable terrain (and an unexpected affair with a beguiling German woman). Ghost Lights is Millet at her best--beautifully written, engaging, full of dead-on insights into the heartbreaking devotion of parenthood and the charismatic oddity of human behavior. The book draws us into a darkly humorous, sometimes off-kilter world where bonds of affection remain a reliable magnetic north. Ghost Lights is a startling, comic, and surprisingly philosophical story.
Roar is electric! Carmack is able to build a world that exemplifies the power of natural disasters in a wonderful and terrifying way. All the while, weaving in a story of magic, love, and independence. Could not put this book down! - Jessica