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Ghosts of You

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Cathy Ulrich’s Ghosts of You is a collection of stories from her Murdered Ladies series about seeking the lost and finding the person behind the sensationalism. It examines and subverts the tropes of mystery and crime storytelling in which the narrative always begins with the body of yet another murdered woman. They are mothers and daughters, teachers and students, lovers ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 150 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Okay Donkey Press
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Lori
I'm working with the publisher to help provide publicity for this book. It's an amazing collection of flash fiction that each feature a dead woman who sets the plot in motion. You don't want to miss this one! Message me here if you're interested in a review copy!
Emily
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ghosts of You is an upcoming flash fiction collection about murdered women and how they affect the stories around them. These stories focus on the victims and the people affected, and never the murderers. This collection is unlike anything else I've read, and I was interested in each story.

My top 5 stories were Being the Murdered Homecoming Queen, Being the Murdered Mother, Being the Murdered Extra, Being the Murdered Mermaid, and Being the Murdered Hermit. This collection takes you through all
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Dianah
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dianah by: Lori
"The thing about being the murdered [fill in the blank] is that you set the plot in motion." With that statement, these tiny bits of flash fiction flesh out the murdered female and how her absence -- as opposed to her presence -- affects those around her. The importance of a book like this during this particular time in history is not lost on this reader, and Ulrich digs deep to expose and underscore the disposability of women; the way our lives are measured by those we leave behind; they way we ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
“The thing about being the murdered girl is you set the plot in motion.”

This is a collection of flash fiction pieces that all begin with a murdered woman. After all, the story needs them to die so that it can begin, right? It’s a trope seen all across horror and crime storytelling and Ulrich is interested in exploring why. The stories play into and subvert the common (cliched?) plot threads often found in these types of stories, pulling at the seams of why we are drawn to them.

The s
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Melissa Duclos
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
In pieces of flash that often read like poetry, Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich is both a critique of crime fiction that hangs plot on a murdered woman's body and an exploration of grief and loss and relationships, of memory and the ownership of stories. Some of the murdered women and girls featured in the collection are expected—the girlfriend, the wife, the mother. Others like the mermaid, the moll, the chanteuse, the taxidermist are much more surprising. All of them have something to say about ...more
Hobart
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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This collection of 31 pieces of flash fiction shouldn't work. This is probably not the sentence that the author and her publicist want me to start with, but hear me out. It shouldn't, but it does.

Why shouldn't it work? For starters, each story has essentially the same title. "Being the Murdered _____." Earle Stanley Gardner got away with it, as did Lilian Jackson Braun—but I can't see how anyone else does. Add Ulrich to the list.

Secondly, each story starts with the same
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Alanna | shelf.help
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Plot:
Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich marks my first foray into the world of flash fiction. These brief stories are a glimpse into character studies more than they are fully formed tales, so “plot” isn’t the point. The theme of each chapter is of a murdered woman (e.g. a babysitter, a detective, a movie extra, etc) and who they become in the minds of those still living. These aren’t horror stories despite the horrific things that may have taken place. Because every chapter is set in the after
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Cassie (book__gal)
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5) "The thing about being the murdered girl is you set the plot in motion." This clever but heartbreaking book of flash fiction from Cathy Ulrich is a glimpse into the culture of violence against women that permeates society’s subconscious; we’re all obsessed with dead girls - we devour books, podcasts, movies, Dateline specials, newspapers headlines, everything about them. Ulrich turns the spotlight toward the ugly truth of this obsession: that dead females are often cast aside as the cataly ...more
Monika
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Each short chapter of GHOSTS OF YOU begins with the line: "The thing about being the murdered _______ is you set the plot in motion." Then the story describes, in second person, the aftermath of that loss, focusing on those left behind. Some chapters read more like the plot of a TV crime show, and others are heartbreakingly realistic. Each is a thoughtful look at the different ways people react to the news of a murder, whether they were close to the person or far removed. I thoroughly enjoyed th ...more
ginathebibliohoe
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
“They have been taken, but their stories still remain. This is how they set the plot in motion.”

I was so excited to get an ARC of Ghosts of You. The cover was so PRETTY and intriguing. I also really enjoy reading new authors. But if I’m being honest, it’s taken me a monthish to read this 136 pager.

And as I’m writing this, I haven’t even finished it. I have 73 pages left to go.

Each chapter gives you a different perspective of these murdered women. Which was interesting. I think the
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Kristen Ploetz
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ulrich is adept at writing the short story / flash fiction form, that is clear very early on in this collection. No word is wasted or superfluous, and endings are tightly written. But her deepest strength comes from her boundless empathy and humanity with which she writes each of these characters. Each story feels like a polished gem in a crown, brilliant enough to be worn on their own, but when considered collectively with the others is when the cohesiveness of this timely and relevant collecti ...more
Jacqueline Doyle
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was happy to provide an advance blurb for this great book. Here it is. "A babysitter, a homecoming queen, a teacher, a politician, a jogger. A mother, a daughter, a roommate, a lover. Maybe yours. Maybe you. The murdered girls and women in GHOSTS OF YOU disappear without warning, leaving an absence behind that can never be filled. They’re remembered as something different than they were, their names forgotten. In a dazzling, richly detailed series of thirty-one second-person narratives address ...more
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was initially drawn to Ghosts of You because I thought the cover was beautiful and the synopsis sounded like something I'd like: a collection of stories about seeking and finding the person behind the sensationalism of murder.

Unfortunately, it just didnt work for me. It got a bit repetitive and a bit wacky. There are 31 short stories. Each about being a murdered...fill in the blank. Being a murdered mermaid was just a bit odd to me.

I couldn't tell if some of the missing words or h
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Cathy
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant tour de force that examines the trope of the murdered girl/woman that is so prevalent in our culture and in our media. Cathy Ulrich writes skillfully about how the person's demise turns into a story that takes on a life of its own, apart from the person's life, thereby "[setting] the plot in motion." And she does all of this through flash fiction (very, very short stories). By the time you finish, you'll be wondering, How did she do that? An impressive work.
Kendra
Delighted to have the opportunity to blurb this fantastic flash debut! Cathy Ulrich gives voice to the romanticized murdered darlings -- wives, prom queens, babysitters, cheerleaders -- lying unquestioned at the heart of American media. GHOSTS OF YOU is a powerful meditation restoring their lives anew, and more: a lyrical and fiercely human howl.
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