Title: A Reunion of Ghosts
Author: Judith Claire Mitchell
Publisher: Harper, March 2015
Summary/Review: This book is an absolute perfect balance of humor and sadness, hope and despair, blessing and curse, past and present, reason and insanity. The story of the Alter sisters and their relatives, living and dead, will not soon leave me. It’s a family history filled with tragedy (loosely based on the story of the German chemist who invented the poisonous gas used in both world wars). Lady, Vee and Delph Alter decide they can no longer live with this legacy of guilt, and decide to end it all on the same day in December of 1999. In an interview, the author Judith Claire Mitchell says that when writing “A Reunion of Ghosts” she felt like she was “alone in a bunker with this family.” It’s that engrossing. This expertly-written and unique family saga is not to be missed!
Who will like this? Someone looking for a historical family saga that will cover a huge range of emotion for the reader
If you like this, try this: Mitchell has written another book, “Last Day of the War” which covers Paris and World War I. If you’re looking for female-centric family sagas, try Kate Morton or Isabel Allende.
Recommended by: Mary, Reference
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