Do you believe in ghosts? Joseph Barnett didn't until he became a school custodian in a midlife career change. Joe had no idea that during his first assignment, working nights in a school, he'd be forced to confront his darkest fears.
"Ghosts are part of my story," Joe said. "I believe in them; I have no choice. After you've seen one ghost, you can go back and rationalize it. But after you've looked a couple in the eye like I have, you believe. Otherwise, you doubt yourself. I've done that, too, and wondered if I was losing my mind, but I know what I saw and heard. Here's something else I know: there are many ways to be haunted, and not all of my ghosts were dead. That's the other part of my story. It took almost becoming a ghost myself for me to see my life differently. I believe in ghosts, and I believe in myself. But back when this all started, I was just a guy trying to make a living."
©2014 Joseph Barnett, Jane Congdon (P)2015 Bettie Youngs / Bettie Youngs Book Publishers
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"Not what you think"
The summary made this sound like a creepy ghost story, but ghosts hardly appear in it at all!
This doesn't detract from the book as I found it really sweet and heartening. Joe saw the ghost of his grandpa when he was wee and copes with it fine, but his home life is awful as his mum is a violent drunk. Joe and his sister stick together as the father copes by staying away from home.
Gradually Joe grows up but has awful results with women and ends up being a single dad of two boys finding it really hard to support them. He tries another relationship but it goes south too, so Joe and his boys carry on as a team through thick and thin.
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