Ghost Town : Tales of Manhattan Then and Now Hardback
Part of the Writer and the City Series series
A man is haunted by the memory of his mother standing under a gibbet with a rope round her neck.
It is the American War of Independence, and having defied the British forces occupying New York she must pay for her revolutionary activities.
But fifty years on her son harbours a festering guilt for his inadvertent part in her downfall.
Then, in a nineteenth-century New York of thrusting commercial enterprise, a ruthless merchant's sensitive son is denied the love of his life through his father's prejudice against the immigrants then flooding into the city - and madness and violence ensue.
Finally, a Manhattan psychiatrist tries to treat a favoured patient reeling from the destruction of the World Trade Centre.
But she fails to detect the damage she herself has sustained, and suffers the consequences of her blindness.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 19/09/2005
- Category: Short stories
- ISBN: 9780747574293
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Review by tsutsik
One of the worst books I have ever read. Three stories in different time periods all set in New York. Unconvincing in every way. Bad plots, illogical plot-turns, uninteresting, badly designed characters. The last story I classify as 911-pornography. Not so much because of the bad sex descriptions in the story, but because the link-up with 911 is absolutely unnecessary for the story itself, and has been put in just to sell the story. About the only positive thing that can be said about this book is that technically he writes rather well, otherwise I wouldn't have finished it.