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The Ghost of Greenwich Village

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In this charming fiction debut, a young woman moves to Manhattan in search of romance and excitement—only to find that her apartment is haunted by the ghost of a cantankerous Beat Generation writer in need of a rather huge favor.

For Eve Weldon, moving to Greenwich Village is a dream come true. She’s following in the bohemian footsteps of her mother, who lived there during...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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My original reaction to the writer's strike a few years ago was irritation. This was, after all, the last year of Scrubs, which I loved. So why did the strike impact Conan O'Brien and David Letterman? Ah, you see, they don't actually write their own stuff. I assume this would also include Rosie O'Donnell and Ellen who find terribly sincere and clever. Again, it's the writers.

So our protagonist, Eventual Weldon, makes her way from Ohio to New York and snaps up a job as writer for a morning show....more
Based on the description- a ghost! Greenwich Village in the early 60s! Beat Generation artists! I thought this book would be right up my alley. But sixty or so pages in, I was getting very dismayed. I was finding it very hard to care about the protagonist, Eve, or, for that matter, anyone else including the ghost. But I kept with it, and the story slowly found its legs and gathered itself into a run, with the second half being reasonably satisfying.

Eve Weldon has just moved from the Midwest to...more
Eve Weldon is living her fantasy life. Growing up in the Midwest, her mother dying early, left Eve lonely and longing for more. She has worked in her father’s law office for several years but now she has decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her mother had a mysterious past that centered around the time she lived in Greenwich Village as a young woman before she married and had a family. Eve’s fondest memories of her mother center around the stories she told of her time there, and the wond...more
Eve Weldon moves to Greenwich Village searching for a connection to her dead mother who was an artist there in the 1960's. Jobless and alone she is adrift in the big city until she rents an old apartment. She soon discovers that the ghost of a little known, beat generation author haunts her apartment. With his cranky advice and sometimes unhelpful guidance she soon finds herself with a writing job for a local tv show, a friendship with a famous, avant garde fashion designer, and a budding social...more
Sara Strand
Ok. I have to be honest. This isn't a book that I would think to recommend to people because I struggled through it. Here's the thing. I didn't like Eve. I don't like people like Eve. People like Eve are people who have a hard time adjusting to the real world. Now, never having lost a parent I can't say how I would feel if I lost my mom. But I will tell you- never would I feel the need to try to re-live my mother's life, which is very much what Eve is trying to do. It seems to me that it would b...more
Suspense Magazine
To Eventual Weldon, Greenwich Village is a place of magic. Having lost her mother early, Eve is aware of her mother’s time in New York when she was young, prior to marrying and having a family. Eve wonders what her life would have been had she not died young. The only girl of four siblings, Eve has grieved for her mother and feels that retracing her steps will give her new insight.
Eve arrives with no job and little money, and manages to snag a small apartment in Greenwich Village. She finds a jo...more
Fun summer read about a woman living in Greenwich Village with her puppy and a beatnik ghost. The protagonist, Eve, is a writer for a morning talk show, the writer aspect an interesting revelation. That’s right, everything uttered by Matt Lauer was written by someone else (indeed the author wrote for Katie Couric and Ann Curry). The dynamic in that world is fun to follow, especially as the writers are quite the dirty little secret, called “staffers” by the talent. I was fascinated by the inner w...more
"Nel Village, strade vicoli e viuzze si aggrovigliavano secondo una logica tutta loro e la nette e la notte non durava mai abbastanza. Era un posto senza tempo e Eve voleva assaporarne la magia segreta."

Eve Weldon è una ragazza di provincia che coltiva un sogno: fare la scrittrice.
Per realizzare il suo sogno, decide di trasferirsi dall’Ohio e di cominciare una nuova vita altrove. Trova un grazioso appartamento nel quartiere più affascinante di Manhattan, in una splendida palazzina d’epoca nel...more
Darcia Helle
Eve is a young woman who heads out to New York with hopes of connecting with her long dead mother whose past included being part of the sixties Beat Generation. While 'Ghost' is prominent in the title, Donald, the ghost here, is a relatively minor part of the story. This is more about Eve and her quest to find her place in life.

We're taken behind the scenes of a morning news show and shown how things work. There are many references to Beat Generation writers woven in with Donald the ghost and E...more
This was a satifying read. Nothing bad really happened to anyone and it was a good read. I liked the reference to some of the beat writers . . . myself being a fan of some of their works.
Apr 23, 2012 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Yorkers, writers
This book was recommended for me and I selected it as a potential book club read. Thank goodness I chose to read this book before it got to my book club, what a huge disappointment! This book was written for the fiction writers of New York, and perhaps New Yorkers. I loved the title of the book more than the book itself, that about sums it up.

I thought that Eve was vague and unlikable. Poor Eve she cannot get a job in New York despite the fact that she has been a paralegal for twelve years--oh w...more
Eine junge Frau aus dem Mittleren Westen versucht ihr Glück in New York im Village. Sie hat ein preisgünstiges Appartement ergattert. Der Preis ist der Geist. Der Geist ist ein erfolgloser Schriftsteller aus der Beatnik-Ära als New York noch gaaaaaaaaaaaaanz anders war
Trotz der günstigen Miete muss sie immer wieder um ihre Wohnung bangen, da sie sich von einem Job zum anderen hangelt. Einmal bekommt sie Gelegenheit bei einer Show als Autorin zu arbeiten. Und ist dort anfangs erfolgreich. Hier ni...more

My thoughts:

I discovered The Ghost of Greenwich Village by accident and when I read the summary I wanted to give it a try because, as the title suggests, this book is about a ghost and I just love stories about ghosts. Even though I prefer young adult books, I still wanted to read this because it seemed like a funny book.

Now that I have read it I can tell you that this book was not really funny. I thought that Eve would have a great time in New York, meeti...more
Ich hab dieses Buch schon oft in der Hand gehalten, oft bei amazon angeschaut, aber mich nie überwinden können, es zu kaufen. Jetzt habe ich es mir ausgeliehen und konnte es endlich lesen.
Ich habe mich auf Spontan-Einmischung bei Dates gefreut, so nach dem Motto „Eve, Schätzchen, leg doch deine Hand auf sein Knie.“ Oder so ähnlich. Lustige Momente, in denen Donald vielleicht auch mal am Stuhl rüttelt. Was Geister halt tun, spuken.
Was ich serviert bekommen habe, hat mit meinen Vorstellungen leid...more
Margo Brooks
Audiobook. When I plucked this audiobook off my library shelf, I didn’t
hold out much promise for it. Novels about New York City aren’t often my
favorite, but I do like friendly ghosts. Minute by minute, however, this
story about a young Ohio woman who decides to reinvent herself by following
her deceased mother’s foot steps to Greenwich Village drew me in. As a
naïve young woman who had only worked for her father, Eve struggles to find
a job—any job—and to connect with her new town—a task made...more
Moving to Greenwich Village has been a dream of Eve Weldon's, ever since she listened to her mother's stories about life there during the 1960s. Her mother's death in Eve's childhood only reinforced that desire to learn all about what life was like there for the artists during the Beat generation, and to resurrect in her mind what that artistic community was like.

But when Eve finally leaves her home in the Midwest and arrives in NY to rent an old apartment in the Village, she discovers an unexpe...more
Eve (Eventual) Weldon moves to Greenwich Village from the mid-west to try to capture some of what her Mother found when she lived there as a young adult during the early sixties. Glamor, fun,a great job or maybe romance...she wanted to find something. What she did find was a ghost inhabiting her apartment, (actually he resided in her head)and not just any ghost but a cranky writer ghost, a hold-over from the Beat Generation who wants to use Eve as his stenographer. Eve is also sure she is going...more
Eves mother died when she was 8, too young to have really known her. She had spent some of the happiest years of her life as part of the beat writers social circle in Greenwich village,NYC. In an attempt to find out more about her mothers life and to feel more connected to her Eve moves there and tries to get a New York city life started. She discovers her apartment is haunted by Donald Bellows a cranky beatnik writer who died before his promise was fulfilled and wants to dictate his unwritten m...more
De mis lecturas favoritas en este 2012, de esos libros que tiene una portada bonita y llama la atención, pero el interior es mejor que el envoltorio.

Conocer Nueva York de la mano de Lorna ha sido espectacular, no he paseado por lo que todo el mundo conoce, me he sumergido en una ciudad desconocida hasta el momento para mi.

Un libro que también nos introduce en el mundo de "detrás de las cámaras" , un mundo del que si no eres fuerte no saldrás bien parado.

Nueva York, esa ciudad que muchas personas...more
Ci sono dei libri che sanno incantarti fin dall'inizio, ipnotizzandoti con la loro copertina che ha il sapore del fascino e dell'eleganza, stregandoti con quel titolo che ci riporta New York e il suo splendore, incatenandoti con una trama che una lettrice come me avrebbe voglia di vivere in prima persona...
La ragazza del Greenwich Village non ha fatto che confermare le mie aspettative, rivelandosi un romanzo delizioso e piacevolissimo.
L'ambientazione la fa da padrona: New York e suoi quartieri c...more
Actually bought this book IN Greenwich Village after finding my new apartment - so it seemed like a perfect choice -- and based on the glowing reviews on the cover, I was ready to absolutely adore it.

In the end it was a cute read, but nothing spectacular. Felt very jumbled a lot of the time, as if Eve (the protagonist) was living three entirely different "day job" as a writer for a morning TV talk show, then there's her friendship with a veteran fashion designer and her encounters with his famil...more
Stephanie D.
In The Ghost of Greenwich Village by Lorna Graham, Eve Weldon is a ghost writer in the fullest and most unexpected sense of the word: by day she is an uncredited writer for a morning t.v. show called Smell the Coffee, while at night she reluctantly takes down dictation from the ghost of a beatnik writer inhabiting her apartment in Greenwich village.

"'Greetings," said Donald, buzzing around her temples. 'What about a little dictation? "The Numbered Story" is ready to pop out of me.'


"'One: I
Colleen Turner
Originally reviewed for the blog Reader Unboxed.

The Ghost of Greenwich Village is a unique gem of a story. On the surface it’s the story of a girl who moved to New York from the Midwest in the hopes of finding herself and the essence of her mother, Penelope, amongst the bustle and excitement of the city her mother loved so much. Move a layer deeper and you find Eve struggling as a true ghost writer, not only as an under-appreciated, hidden writer for a day time news show but as the often unwilli...more
I was lent this book by an 'Italian' friend of mine who was having trouble reading it and she wanted to know if it was just her or if I would have problems too. (I think that she has forgotten that English is my mother tongue) .. any way .. the title 'The Ghost of Greenwich' sort of put me off the book and I wasn't in too much of a hurry to pick this up.She tried giving me this book to read around Christmas and then finally brought it to my house a couple of weeks ago. I was hesitant because I i...more
Actually, I'm listening to it on tape. I'm not digging the narrator too much but maybe she will grow on me.

This book was pretty good. It took me awhile to really get into the story as the main character was too much of a doormat for me. It's about a girl who moves to Greenwich Village to hopefully re-connect with her mother's memory. Her mother died when she was around 8 and all Eve remembers of her is how melancholy she was and that she had fond rememberances of living in Greenwich Village. Eve...more
Joseph Gendreau
I terrific tale about people, the culture of Manhattan, and the world of the living haunted by a parade of ghosts.
Most of the ghosts are figurative - the literati of NYC haunted by the last big literary movement, the high fashion designer haunted by his lost youth and worse still his lost love, and the main character Eve haunted by a real "live" ghost, eager to use her as a medium and a scribe to pen his great unfinished works.
A nice read with good insights into the world of the living and simp...more
Being a resident of the West Village myself with absolutely no connection to the Beat generation, I was wary of this book before I opened it, expecting a stereotyped, overly shiny depiction of a community I've always felt is quite the same as the rest of Manhattan (with the exception of the Friday night transvestites). Yet I found it to be quite an enjoyable read. Yes, the protagonist is so naive and doormat in places that I wanted to punch her; yes, occasionally the trips to the Department of B...more
Even had I not read it in the description, I could have told you this was a debut novel. There were some delightfully original moments but also some painfully cliche ones. I did enjoy how various elements of the story wove together in the end. Ultimately, however, it's hard for me to love a book whose main character is, well, rather blah. Nothing about her really stood out as overly interesting or lovable. There were a couple of characters that were quite interesting, but most were disappointing...more
Emily Balawejder
This was perfect escapist reading. No deep meaning. No deep thinking. Some of the stories about Eventual (a first name that I thought was charming) wanting desperately to have known her moth better brought me to tears. I read the book while my own mother was sick, so it was a little close to home. I liked the old time references, loved the clothes, liked the writing references, and liked how everything came together at the end of the day. I am very glad I took the time to read this book over the...more
Her new apartment in Greenwich Village comes with a drawback - a ghost without form who invades her thoughts and has some unfinished business. She is an aspiring writer and the ghost has an unfinished novel. Through her adventures in the city she begins to piece together her ghosts history in the 1920's.

This is ultimately a "young girl trying to make it in the Big City" story, with a few charming twists, set in the late 70's I think. She makes a few friends, has a few dates, gets screwed over a...more
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LORNA GRAHAM has been writing for top network anchors, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, and Ann Curry, for fourteen years, at Good Morning America and currently at Dateline NBC. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Reader's Digest, New Woman, and The Educated Traveler. She has also written a short film, A Timeless Call, about America's veterans, which was directed by...more
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