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In this charming fiction debut, a young woman moves to Manhattan in search of romance and excitement—only to find that her apartment is haunted by the ghost of a cantankerous Beat Generation writer in need of a rather huge favor.

For Eve Weldon, moving to Greenwich Village is a dream come true. She’s following in the bohemian footsteps of her mother, who lived there during the early sixties among a lively community of Beat artists and writers. But when Eve arrives, the only scribe she meets is a grumpy ghost named Donald, and the only writing she manages to do is for chirpy segments on a morning news program, Smell the Coffee. The hypercompetitive network environment is a far cry from the genial camaraderie of her mother’s literary scene, and Eve begins to wonder if the world she sought has faded from existence. But as she struggles to balance her new job, demands from Donald to help him complete his life’s work, a budding friendship with a legendary fashion designer, and a search for clues to her mother’s past, Eve begins to realize that community comes in many forms—and that the true magic of the Village is very much alive, though it may reveal itself in surprising ways.

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"TV news veteran Graham makes her fiction debut with an amusing if needlessly busy story of a young woman trying to make it in the big city. Eve leaves Ohio for a life of excitement in Manhattan, settling into an apartment in Greenwich Village with a (relatively) cheap rent because nobody wants to deal with the resident ghost, Donald Bellows, the 'beatnik from hell' who insists on dictating a novel to Eve, who complies just to keep the peace. She falls into a job writing for a morning talk show, stumbling at first and then settling in after a successful interview with prickly and legendary designer, Matthias Klieg. The challenge is keeping her job while juggling Donald's demands, a sadistic co-host, the elegant Mr. Klieg, and a rescued puppy. Graham draws a cute and sometimes horrifying picture of life backstage at a morning talk show, but the novel is so overplotted and densely populated that readers may well have trouble keeping things straight. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Lorna Graham was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Barnard College. She has written for Good Morning America and Dateline NBC. She also wrote a short film, “A Timeless Call,” honoring America’s military veterans, that was directed by Steven Spielberg. She lives in Greenwich Village.

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Denise Morland, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Eve Weldon moves to Greenwich Village searching for a connection to her dead mother who was an artist there in the 1960's. Jobless and alone she is adrift in the big city until she rents an old apartment. She soon discovers that the ghost of a little known, beat generation author haunts her apartment. With his cranky advice and sometimes unhelpful guidance she soon finds herself with a writing job for a local tv show, a friendship with a famous, avant garde fashion designer, and a budding social life. But the ghost has secrets and as Eve spends more and more time with him she begins to have suspisions that he is somehow connected to her mother.

The Ghost of Greenwich Village is an immature effort from a possibly promising author. The main storyline, Eve's relationship with the ghost, Donald, and her unraveling of his secrets, is cluttered with unnecesary details and mysterious subplots that aren't interesting. Why have Donald present himself to Eve in such an unusual, confusing way? It doesn't accomplish anything for the plot and just takes time and patience to wade through the explanation of how exactly he appears in her head. Its also baffling as to why Eve stays in the apartment, paying more rent than she can afford, for the sake of a ghost she most often dislikes and who is very inconvenient for her. On the other hand, many of the side stories about Eve's life outside the apartment were fun and imaginatively written. The morning talk show world and the dynamic between the stars and the writers was different and intriguing. The fashion designer also added a nice twist and glimpse into that glamorous world. The story has enough interesting parts to merit picking up Lorna Graham's next effort, but I won't be recommending this book to anyone.

I listened to The Ghost of Greenwich Village on audio, narrated by Nicole Vilencia.She does well with the youthful, fanciful tones of Eve, but didn't quite manage the switch to a more serious, grumpy Donald.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345526212
Author:
Graham, Lorna
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.18 x 0.75 in 0.56 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "TV news veteran Graham makes her fiction debut with an amusing if needlessly busy story of a young woman trying to make it in the big city. Eve leaves Ohio for a life of excitement in Manhattan, settling into an apartment in Greenwich Village with a (relatively) cheap rent because nobody wants to deal with the resident ghost, Donald Bellows, the 'beatnik from hell' who insists on dictating a novel to Eve, who complies just to keep the peace. She falls into a job writing for a morning talk show, stumbling at first and then settling in after a successful interview with prickly and legendary designer, Matthias Klieg. The challenge is keeping her job while juggling Donald's demands, a sadistic co-host, the elegant Mr. Klieg, and a rescued puppy. Graham draws a cute and sometimes horrifying picture of life backstage at a morning talk show, but the novel is so overplotted and densely populated that readers may well have trouble keeping things straight. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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