Thursday, November 24, 2011

Review: The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne

The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne

Publisher: Algonquin Books 
Pages: 304 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  When Frances arranges to host Thanksgiving at her idyllic New England farmhouse, she envisions a happy family reunion, one that will include her sister, Cynthia, and their estranged father. But tension mounts as the sisters discover that each has a different version of their shared past.

Kritters Thoughts:  Rarely, do I read reviews for books before reading them - no need to spoil the fun, but for some reason I did on this one.  Depressing was the overall theme for the reviews, so I went in a skeptic and hoping that this book wasn't the downer it was potrayed to be.  

A story that centers around the two remaining sisters of a family that started with three.  With a less than wonderful childhood, these girls lost their mom early on and with that they lost their father to another woman.  A sister passing away and distance made this reconnection over Thanksgiving awkward and dramatic.  Add in random guests and one of the sister's two daughters, this book was even awkward in the reading.  

A connection between the book that sister Cynthia is writing about Mark Twain's three daughters and their childhood is interesting as she continues to give details about this book she is writing about the Twain family.  It was great to read this book in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, but I am not sure I would have enjoyed it if I had read it at another time of the year.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

GR Oct-Dec Challenge: Happy Holidays!

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