The Ghost of Greenwich Village
By Lorna Graham
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345526212, 352pp.)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
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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.
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.
Praise for The Ghost of Greenwich Village:
“Go out and buy three copies…one for yourself, one for your mom, and one for your best friend. Lorna Graham has a gift.”-- Hoda Kotb, Co-anchor, fourth hour of NBC’s “Today”
"..has a lot to say about enduring challenges to achieve a goal."--Katie Holmes, in O Magazine
“Delightful!” – People
“This debut novel exudes charm and insider knowledge... The characters are quirky and realistic, and the story rings true... Highly recommended for all fiction readers.”--Library Journal
With its light, matter-of-fact depiction of a supernatural relationship, Graham’s debut is lots of fun to read….Delightful coming-of-age story with a sweet reverence for the art and romance of old Gotham.—Kirkus
“Lorna Graham’s debut sparkles with wit and warmth and magic. Eve is a modern girl with an old soul whose story will make you smile and wish for ghosts of your own.”-- Judy Merrill Larsen, author of All the Numbers
"Lorna Graham's novel is charming, a sweet and whimsical romp through a magical Manhattan. I would love to live in her Greenwich Village, both past and present.”-- Janelle Brown, author of This Is Where We Live and All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
“The Ghost of Greenwich Village is a beautifully written love story. It’s a tribute to people and places, past and present, real and imagined. But it’s also a fascinating peek inside the world of morning news, and a fast-paced adventure of a single girl in New York City (complete with fabulous closet). While reading it, I wanted to bury myself in a really comfy chair and silence the phone so no one could disturb me until I’d devoured the last page.”-- Paulina Porizkova, author of A Model Summer
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