The Ghost Keeper

The Ghost Keeper

eBook - 2018
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-- is a story about the terrible choices we make to survive and the powerful connections to communities and friends that define us. Here is a finely accomplished novel that introduces an exciting new voice to our literary landscape.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9781443450478
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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A beautiful, lyrical story set in 1930s Vienna. Winner of the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fiction and HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

If you are interested in a romantic historical novel, check out this story by Canadian author, Natalie Morrill. This book was awarded the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.

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Jun 23, 2019

This book was unexpectedly lovely. I enjoyed the poetic writing: “up above me, the trees speak in bird’s voices”; “A string tied to his heart is vibrating, a violin string, or a fishing line.”: “A young man at a table near us tells the girl across from him, “She’s got nothing on you, Bets, she’s all gristle,” and the girl says, with strange tenderness, “Well, she’s got nice teeth.” And the story -- so powerful in inviting the reader to understand what it was like to be there at that time -- how easy to tune out the developing danger because immediate life demands our attention. “I am in love, absurdly in love, with my wife and with this little boy, and the rest of the country is like a paper model of the world. That there’s all this politicking right now is ridiculous.” I enjoyed the challenge in the shifting from first person to third person, shifting of tense from past to future, to tell the story from different points in time. The compassion in recounting what ordinary people do to survive the best they can in horrendous times. And the disconcerting parallels to our lives and political and climate situations, right now, right here.

tomato Dec 10, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It's somewhat understated, and almost dreamlike, at times. Doesn't let you forget Nazi Germany, but perhaps leaves the door open to show you a possible other side.

Oct 17, 2018

Could not get into the story. Stopped trying half way through.

KateHillier Jun 07, 2018

That was fascinating. There are tense switches that would be ill advised under a different writer but it works very well here. Josef is a character possessing an integrity and forgiveness that seems boundless. This is a very tender, quiet, and engrossing read. Historical fiction fans take note!

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