Ghost at the Loom
By T. Zachary Cotler
(MP Publishing, Paperback, 9781849822459, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 2014
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In this searing and beautiful novel, Rider Sonnenreich, a young poet, retrieves memories of wild acts of imagination that once bound his sister Leya and him together. Retracing the travels of long-dead poets in Europe, Rider looks for Leya, but can’t be sure who or what he will find in the end. Among restless cosmopolitans and enigmatic wanderers, he tries to sort the real from the illusory and to protect the latter from the former. Cotler takes the reader on an American odyssey of innocence abroad, through beauty, truth, and the danger our imaginations face in a culture of high-speed popular media.
"A writer with talent, instinct, and profound courage. T. Zachary Cotler's books have a permanent place in my library." Simon Van Booy, author of The Illusion of Separateness
This is what happens when a poet becomes a novelist: a story floats on rich, figurative language, and an emphasis on what is heardand what is unspokenbetween people. Cotler’s characters walk the line between the technological present and the ghosts of the past. They are wanderers of the imagination, guided by love, each absolutely unique and beautiful in their difference, each grappling with, and thereby transcending, the limitations of their identity.” Sarah Gerard, McNally Jackson Books