The Ghost at the Table

The Ghost at the Table

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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"Wholly engaging, the perfect spark for launching a rich conversation around your own table." -- The Washington Post Book World
Strikingly different since childhood and leading dissimilar lives now, sisters Frances and Cynthia have managed to remain "devoted" -- as long as they stay on opposite coasts. When Frances arranges to host Thanksgiving at her idyllic New England farmhouse, she envisions a happy family reunion, one that will include the sisters' long-estranged father. Cynthia, however, doesn't understand how Frances can ignore the past their father's presence revives, a past that includes suspicions about their mother's death twenty-five years earlier. As Thanksgiving Day arrives, with a houseful of guests looking forward to dinner, the sisters continue to struggle with different versions of a shared past, their conflict escalating to a dramatic, suspenseful climax.
Publisher: [New York] : Algonquin Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781565126619
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (304 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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mythoughts
Aug 10, 2016

A nice read; I enjoyed it enough to look for this author again.

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2016

Two sisters different in temperament and personality find they also differ in what they remember about their mother's death.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

When Cynthia Fiske reluctantly agrees to join Frances, her elegant older sister, for Thanksgiving at Frances's beautifully restored New England home, all sorts of skeletons come tumbling out of the closet, including the mysterious death of their mother. The presence of their estranged father causes even more tension between the two sisters -- one who wants to whitewash the past for the sake of familial harmony, and the other who stubbornly adheres to 'the truth'. What starts out as a conventional dysfunctional family reunion turns into something slightly more sinister when we realize that the version of the truth we've been hearing may not be the one we should believe.

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maipenrai
Oct 12, 2013

1/2 * Strikingly different since childhood and leading very dissimilar lives now, sisters Frances and Cynthia have nevertheless managed to remain "devoted" AS long as they stay on opposite coasts. But with the reappearance of their elderly, long-estranged father they find themselves reunited for a cold, snowy Thanksgiving week a reunion that awakens sleeping tensions and old sorrows. Frances envisions a happy family holiday with her husband and daughters in her lovely old New England farmhouse. Cynthia, a writer of historical fiction, doesn't understand how Frances can ignore the past their father's presence revives, a past that includes suspicions about their mother's death twenty-five years earlier. Adding to her uneasiness is her research for a book on Mark Twain's daughters, whose lives she thinks eerily mirror her own and Frances's. As Thanksgiving day arrives, with a houseful of guests looking forward to dinner, the sisters continue to struggle with different versions of their shared past. The Ghost at the Table reveals what happens when one person tries to rewrite another's history and explores the mystery of why families try to stay together even when it may be in their best interests to stay apart. **** I did not bond with these sisters. I was left with unresolved issues and seeming total misperceptions of reality, not only on the part of the sisters, but also by Frances's husband. Who made a pass at whom? How did their mother die? Is the daughter self-injuring? Does anyone care about the children? I guess my opinion is that they should have skipped the dinner and I should have skipped the book.

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