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Shadows and Ghosts

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Ida Mae Glick, a critically acclaimed filmmaker, has lived and taught in the small town of Willow Bend, New York for five years without drawing attention to her troubled past. But when she suffers a near fatal heart attack, the result of trying to live on the same meager rations as a group of homeless people she is filming, she winds up in intensive care under the scrutiny ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published December 14th 2011 by Serving House Books
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Nancy Brady
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Relationships of all kinds is explored in this prize-winning novel. Mother-daughter, two sisters, doctors and their patients, and friends and lovers are all types of relationships that are dealt with to various degrees in this character-driven novel.

When Ida Mae Glick has a heart attack in her local grocery, her mother Edna pushes her soul back into her body (and hangs around for the rest of the book). Ida Mae is literally starving herself for her art (a literal starving artist)...that is, she h
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Jane Wilson
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ida Mae is so passionate about her work as a filmmaker, her intensity lands her in the hospital after a heart attack. Her mother, Edna, whose ghost takes up residence in Ida Mae's hospital room, appears as Ida Mae's spirit leaves her body and shoves it back in. "You think because I'm dead, I don't know things? I'm your mother. I know everything." Lisa, Ida Mae's mirror image twin, lives a perfect life with a perfect husband, and the sisters' resentment of each other, which began simmering when t ...more
Joan Corwin
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shifting between memory and reality, filmmaker Ida Mae Glick watches her world stagger into focus from the perspective of her hospital bed, as powerful truths emerge about her relationships with the people in her life. Framed within the context of the classic films that have shaped and inspired Ida Mae, Shadows and Ghosts is full of twists and cleverly layered with revelations about family and identity. Froman’s honed prose, comic wit and scalpel-edged exploration of human nature make this novel ...more
Ellen Beals
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel, winner of the First Book Contest sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University (and Serving House Books), delves into the "shadows" and "ghosts" of many relationships (sister-to-sister, daughter-to-mother, artist-to-work, therapist-to-client) as we learn the story of Ida Mae. Don't let the folksy-sounding name fool you--Ida Mae is an articulate artist with a story to tell, one that is told through various perspectives and scenes, much like the movies to which Ida Mae alludes. Though th ...more
Peg
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
Would you question your own sanity if a deceased relative suddenly made their presence known to you? Ida Mae Glick surely did.

Shadows and Ghosts is an intricate character-driven novel, which pulls the reader into its maze of unique characters and their relationships to one another. This book grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let go until the very last.

In this story, Ida Mae Glick is an award winning film-maker who is passionate about her work and chooses to live among the homel
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Abigail Danfora
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First of all, I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. Thank you so much, to Goodreads, Barbara Froman, and the publisher! Special thanks to Barbara Froman for the card, and for signing the book! :) I'm very sorry I couldn't review this book sooner (school was starting to get really crazy around the time I received it).

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I first read the description, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I usually stick to fantasy and sci-fi, and the des
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Charlotte Babb
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adult women
Anxiety eater meets anorexic to exorcize their mutual ghosts.

Well-written, this book gives some deep insights into the difficulties of modern daughters separating from their mothers, a glimpse from both sides of the fence as a shrink tries to assess and then treat a woman who has had a heart attack due to her self-starvation. As they begin to connect on a human level, deeper stories emerge.

The book gave me some insights, and plays up how unresolved issues and miscommunication interfere with ou
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Rhiannon Johnson
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me say first off that this book is the perfect example of why you should not judge a book by its cover! The cover would lead a reader to believe the story is a paranormal thriller or horror story when it is a story of an artist literally starving for her art. I also think this is a perfect example of why the genre of women's fiction is so broad. While most generally think chick lit is synonymous with women's fiction, it is refreshing to read a perfect example of non-chick lit women's fiction ...more
Denise
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was not at all what I expected from the description on Goodreads. It is not something I would have normally read but I did enjoy it. The focus was on two women, whose lives are very different but yet their past is quite similar.
If you are looking for spooky ghosts and supernatural happens, it is not there. Easy fast read.
Sherri Rabinowitz
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone especially woman
I really enjoyed this book. I really understood the Mother/Daughter relationships in the book. I really think all women can in one way or another. Not the drama of story but the underlining love in it. An excellent read!
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Barbara is a writer and musician whose early love of sound led to a study of music and degrees in music composition. After a few career twists and publications, she became the Director of Mundelein College’s Creative Writing Program, then taught Literature and Creative Writing at National-Louis University where she also acted as a consultant to National’s graduate program in Written Communication. ...more
“Sometimes I think there's only one mother in the world, and we all got a piece of her.” 3 likes
“You think because I'm dead, I don't know things? I'm your mother. I know everything.” 1 likes
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