A Double Life
By Jennie Erdal
(Anchor, Paperback, 9781400079551, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 11, 2006
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When Jennie Erdal was hired to edit a flamboyant London publisher’s Russian books in translation, she was happy to be able to commute from her home in Scotland. Soon, however, she was also secretly writing her boss’s love letters, hundreds of newspaper columns that appeared in his name, and, though she had never before written fiction, his two well-reviewed novels. For more than fifteen years she would be the indispensable ghostwriter for the exasperating, obsessive, but nontheless charming “Tiger.”Erdal reveals this oddly intimate relationship with a novelist’s flair for character and observation--and wry insight into her own collusion. Suspenseful, controversial, and beautifully written, Ghosting is the most penetrating portrait yet of a mysterious profession.
Jennie Erdal was for almost 20 years an editor for Quartet Books in London. She lives in her native Scotland.
“An astonishing, very fun true story.” —Chicago Tribune
“A delight. . . . Erdal is discerning about her motives for ghosting--money, a compulsion to please, and a cloistered Scottish Presbyterian childhood that made the ‘irony and absurdity’ of her job seem not just tolerable but glamorous.” —The New Yorker
"Wonderful. . . . It is also uncommonly wise in the ways of writing" —San Francisco Chronicle
“Along with thoughtful and illuminating reflections on language, writing, and the emotional costs of lying . . . [Ghosting is] filled with poignantly hilarious scenes in which Erdal and her boss, attempting to pursue a common goal from utterly divergent sensibilities, try to reach a meeting of the minds”-—The Los Angeles Times