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Ghost Lights | [Lydia Millet]

Ghost Lights

Hal is a mild-mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger, more virile coworker. At a drunken dinner party, Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan's employer, the protagonist of Lydia Millet's much-lauded novel How the Dead Dream, who has vanished in a tropical jungle, initiating a darkly humorous descent into strange and unpredictable terrain.
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Publisher's Summary

A funny and haunting new novel from "one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation" (Los Angeles Times).

Hal is a mild-mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger, more virile coworker. At a drunken dinner party, Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan's employer, the protagonist of Lydia Millet's much-lauded novel How the Dead Dream, who has vanished in a tropical jungle, initiating a darkly humorous descent into strange and unpredictable terrain.

Salon raved that Millet's "writing is always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself." In Ghost Lights, she combines her characteristic wit and a sharp eye for the weirdness that governs human (and nonhuman) interactions. With the scathing satire and tender honesty of Sam Lipsyte and a dark, quirky, absurdist style reminiscent of Joy Williams, Millet has created a comic, startling, and surprisingly philosophical story about idealism and disillusionment, home and not home, and the singular, heartbreaking devotion of parenthood.

©2011 Lydia Millet (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Lydia Millet] takes aim at the metaphysical jugular.... her gorgeous narration...exists in some extraordinary place, at once discursive, editorial, and ruminative…. If literature can under the best circumstances transport, then Millet's extraordinary vision brings us in on the float." (Bookforum)

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    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 12-04-11
    Sherri Minnetonka, MN, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    What would have made Ghost Lights better?

    Better story, pacing and less angst.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lydia Millet again?

    PROBABLY NOT.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not. Top notch narrator but miles ahead of Scott Brick.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It is not funny in the least, filled with squalid descriptions of adultery, he's not a likable protagonist. Awfully dull.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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