Ghosts of Bergen County
Set in New York City and New Jersey on the cusp of the financial crisis, Ghosts of Bergen County is a literary mystery with supernatural elements.
Gil Ferko is a private-equity lieutenant who commutes to Manhattan from the New Jersey suburbs. His wife, Mary Beth, has become a shut-in since a hit-and-run accident killed their infant daughter. When Ferko reconnects with Jen Yoder, a former high school classmate, Jen introduces him to heroin. As his dependency on the drug grows, his downward spiral puts his life in danger and his career in jeopardy. Mary Beth has also found an escape—first in prescription drugs that numb her senses, then in the companionship of a mysterious girl who heightens them. A ghost? Mary Beth believes so. And Jen is also haunted. Years ago she witnessed a man she had just met fall from a rooftop. She walked away from the accident and has been haunted since by the question of why she did so. As her quest to rectify that mistake starts to collide with the mystery of the hit-and-run driver who killed Ferko and Mary Beth’s daughter, all of the characters are forced to face the fine line between fate and happenstance. Dana Cann’s debut novel is a tautly paced and intricately plotted story in which collective burdens manifest into hauntings.
Praise For Ghosts of Bergen County…
— Emily Pullen, WORD Bookstore
Perfectly balanced prose… Absorbingly written, this will appeal to readers of literary fiction as well as high-end mystery.
— Library Journal
Ghosts of Bergen County is a tough, compassionate book by a writer with a keen sense of what makes us human, and what makes us, at times, wish we weren't. As a novel, it's excellent; as a meditation on grief, it's stunningly perceptive.
Cann’s novel is an impressive, accomplished effort, nuanced in its depiction of complex interpersonal drama and eerie elements of the supernatural.
— Publishers Weekly
Elegantly written and sharply observed, Ghosts of Bergen County is both riveting and moving, a story about the love and longing that hold us together, as our ghosts conspire to tear us apart.
— Kimberly McCreight, New York Times best-selling author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her
Ghosts of Bergen County is a beautiful, trenchant book. Dana Cann's characters are so complicated and vulnerable, so profoundly human and wounded, that they linger in the reader's memory like family snapshots. This is a courageous and revelatory novel, the beginning of a gifted writer's long career.
— Brett Anthony Johnston, author of REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS
Most novels set during the financial crisis never leave Lower Manhattan. But Dana Cann’s debut novel, Ghosts of Bergen County, flits between New York City and suburban New Jersey in the summer of 2007…. The result is a chilling, moving exploration of loss, doubt, and addiction.
— Chicago Review of Books
Dana Cann picks up where John Cheever left off, riding the commuter rail from suburb to city with hotshot investment bankers and commodities traders, exhuming not-so-shiny lives of heroin, ghosts, and grief. A novel of the twenty-first century written with the wit and wisdom of the nineteenth. I felt haunted by Ghosts of Bergen County while reading it, and still do.
— Dan Pope, author of Housebreaking
Ghosts of Bergen County is addictive! Once I picked the book up I was unable to put it down. Within moments you care about the characters and what is going to happen to them on every page. The story is haunting, yet filled with real life struggles in our society. The ending blew me away and made me want to read the book all over again because I didn't want the story to end. Cann is definitely an author to watch in the future.
— David Logan, Bookends
Tin House Books, 9781941040270, 288pp.
Publication Date: April 25, 2016