Tuesday, June 14, 2011
THE GHOST OF GREENWICH VILLAGE by Lorna Graham
Eve Weldon moved to Manhattan years after her mother's death. Eve used to sit by her bedside when she was ill, her mother would tell her about her life in Greenwich Village and they would read all her mother's favorite New York authors. But it isn't until a college reunion that Eve gets the courage to change her life and move.
Eve is able to find a great, affordable apartment in the heart of the Village, affordable only because the landlord has problems keeping a tenant in that apartment. Eve soon finds out why. Donald. A very annoying ghost that used to live there when he was alive. Donald was an aspiring writer during the '60's but never came into his own. He wants to rectify that through Eve, dictating stories to her that he thinks are brilliant. Eve, however, does not and she doesn't have time for Donald. Eve needs to find a job. She has one friend in the city who gets her an interview as a writer on a morning news/talk show. Eve has a rough start of it but then begins to love her job. She has a knack for getting people to talk to her. But she isn't getting the Manhattan experience she was looking for. She wants a close, tight knit group of friends, an exciting romance- the life her mother lived.
I found this novel to be entertaining and enjoyable. It is mostly a light read but it has some poignant moments as Eve discovers who she is and who she wants to be. I enjoyed the reminiscing of the earlier years in the Village and the time when the Beat art community was revered, a community that Donald was once part of, a time in history that fascinates Eve and makes her feel closer to her mother. Eve seems a bit naive but she grew on my by the end.
I definitely recommend this, it is quick and fun and I think it has great appeal.
my rating 3.5/5