Friday, November 2, 2007

The Ghost at the Table

The Ghost at the Table
by Suzanne Berne

This is the book to read in November. It is the story of two sisters reuniting with their father for Thanksgiving dinner. They meet at the New England home of Frances, an interior decorator. Cynthia, an historical fiction writer, is visiting to gather information about a book on Mark Twain's daughter. Their different versions of their family history collide with the addition of their father and Frances' family.

This is a tale exquisitely told by Berne, an English professor at Harvard. As she exposes the past through eyes of the sisters, she adds more layers of meaning with the addition of the lives of Mark Twain's daughters.

- Holly

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