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A Reunion of Ghosts

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A Reunion of Ghosts By Judith Claire Mitchel
Tuesday, March 8
6:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Bookstore

The Reader's Loft welcomes Madison-based author Judith Claire Mitchell to book club! 

 We encourage other area book clubs to read her debut novel, A Reunion of Ghost and be  part of a large group discussion with Judith.  This is just an idea and non readers of her book are welcome too.  However, we can't guarantee  there won't be spoilers, so pick up a copy (paperback goes on sale January 26) and join us!  Call to reserve your copy today.

Publisher's comments:

In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters–Lady, Vee, and Delph–finalize their plans to end their lives. Their reasons are not theirs alone; they are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves, beginning with their great-grandmother, the wife of a German-Jewish Nobel Prize-winning chemist who developed the first poison gas used in World War I. The chemist himself, their son Richard, and Richard’s children all followed suit.

The childless sisters also define themselves by their own bad luck. Lady, the oldest, never really resumed living after her divorce. Vee, a widow, is facing cancer’s return. And Delph, the youngest, is resigned to a lonely life of stifled dreams. But despite their pain they love each other fiercely, and share a darkly brilliant sense of humor.

As the sisters gather in the ancestral Upper West Side apartment to close the circle of the Alter curse, an epic story of four generations of one family–inspired in part by the troubled life of Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of chlorine gas–unfolds. A Reunion of Ghosts is a magnificent tale of fate and blood, sin and absolution; partly a memoir of sisters unified by a singular burden, partly an unflinching eulogy of those who have gone before; and above all, a profound commentary on the events of the 20th century.

A Reunion of Ghosts has been published by Harper in North America.