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The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
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Aug 02, 11

Read in April, 2011

It is true that Carol Goodman's are always the same--women alone in some sort of literary career that fall into mysterious circumstances at some secluded house in upstate NY or in Italy--but her prose and settings are evocative and beautiful, and this may be her best work. Set at Bosco, a writer's retreat in upstate NY, Goodman weaves a story between the past and the presant, linking both to mediums (real or fake) and to the gardens surrounding the villa. The story dealves into the mystery surrounding the deaths of the original owner's children and her attempt to contact them in their graves. Our heroine, is at the Bosco to write this story, but her own past brings it to life in more ways than she expected. It is eerie and beautiful, and you wish you could go there--right up until the end when you may be frightened off for good.
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