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The author of The War Between the Tates and the Pulitzer prize-winning Foreign Affairs now brings her irresistible wit to the ghost story.

In nine spooky tales, Alison Lurie writes of women haunted by ghosts both literal and metaphorical: A woman about to marry Mr. Right is visited by the spirit of his first wife; a dead fiancé haunts a foreign service officer every time she has an intimate moment with another man; the ghost of a girl in a Halloween costume disconcerts the perfect housewife. A secretary on a diet begins to see obese people everywhere she looks; a self-conscious poet is shadowed by her intrusive doppelganger; and a capricious, malevolent spirit seems to have inhabited an acquisitive matron's prized piece of furniture.

Delightfully strange and beautifully told, these nine tales show Alison Lurie at her luminous best.

©1989, 1990, 1991, 1994 Alison Lurie (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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predictable story lines

It reminded me of the writing produced in high school English classes (perhsps by all the "budding" authors).