Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.
About the Author
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.