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Madeleine's Ghostby Robert Girardi
Synopses & Reviews
Brooklyn needs a saint. Ned Conti needs a stipend. So the struggling young historian agrees to trace the mysterious past of a Brooklyn nun for evidence of miracles. Trapped in a neighborhood of cheap rents and failed promise, in a rent-controlled apartment suddenly, inexplicably seized by a beautiful and angry ghost, Ned's only refuge is the F train to Manhattan's East Village bars, where he and his friends drown their sorrows in drink....
But Ned is about to heed another call, the siren song of New Orleans, where the history of countless lost souls seems to rise from the steaming streets—and where, ten years before, he ended a brief, passionate affair with a woman whose memory has haunted him ever since. Here, in a city of spirits, Ned will embrace a dead saint and a living sinner...as a beautiful ghost offers him her desire. And his destiny....
Set amid the sleepless energy and seething passion of New York and New Orleans, Madeleine's Ghost is a spellbinding novel of lost love, history, and desire—a work of startling originality that is at once exquisitely written and compulsively readable.
When a feisty poltergeist invades his Brooklyn apartment, Ned Conti begins a journey from the back streets of New York to New Orleans, along which he seeks to turn a long-dead nun into Brooklyn's first saint. Reprint.
A stunning novel that takes readers along the back streets of Brooklyn and New Orleans, though this world and into the next. As rocks begin to fall from the ceiling of Ned Conti's rent-controlled Brooklyn apartment, so begins his journey . . . to turn a long-dead nun into Brooklyn's first saint . . . to resurrect the one love affair that continues to haunt him . . . to understand the quest of the feisty ghost who lives with him. . . .
About the Author
\Robert Girardi was educated at Catholic schools in Europe and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a recipient of the James Michener Fellowship in 1989.He lives in Washington, D.C.This is his first novel.
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