Keith Kachtick Hungry Ghost: A Novel

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Hungry Ghost: A Novel

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Carter Cox is a talented but dissipated freelance photojournalist living in New York City's East Village with his sad dog and bad habits. Though he travels to exotic places taking pictures of models and celebrities, he yearns to do more meaningful work and to mend his womanizing ways. He also wants to put into practice the lessons he learns from his Buddhist betters, but he continues to carry with him his “seduction kit”: a chessboard, cigarettes, and a Cormac McCarthy novel.

At a Buddhist retreat, he meets Mia Malone, a beautiful, smart devout Catholic determined to remain a virgin until she is married. Carter falls hard, and Mia nervously agrees to join him on a photo shoot in Morocco. With both of their souls hanging in the balance, they quickly go from the ocean to hot water: crashing their car, getting arrested, running afoul of a sadistic gendarme, and trying to flee the country. Over the course of their adventure, they discover that karma and the human heart work in very mysterious ways.

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Keith Kachtick grew up in Texas, attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now lives in New York City. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, including Esquire, Texas Monthly, the Missouri Review, and the New York Times Magazine. He is senior instructor of the Lineage Project, a nonprofit, Dharma-based organization that runs meditation classes in youth prisons in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

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A jaded magazine photographer seeks spiritual enlightenment and true love while wallowing in brand-name accoutrements in this contrived but engagingly confessional debut, narrated in the second person. Unashamedly narcissistic and materialistic, 39-year-old Carter Cox has recently turned to Buddhism in an attempt to wean himself away from flings with Banana Republic models and hot German backpackers. Trying to infuse more meaning into both his art and his life, Carter retreats to a serene, mountaintop Buddhist temple in upstate New York, where he hopes to find inner peace. Instead, he finds 26-year-old Mia Malone, a beautiful Catholic virgin searching for transcendence. Unsure whether his love for Malone is genuine, Carter invites her along to a photo shoot in Morocco, where the two are confronted with both spiritual and physical perils. Mia's first impression of Carter ("you smell too good and are too tan to be trustworthy") is fairly accurate, but there is something refreshing about a straight male protagonist who gives a running chronicle of his daily outfits ("Guessing, correctly, that Mia prefers conservative attire, you've worn brown corduroys and a beige Kenneth Cole sweater"). Mia, a Southerner with odd British inflections ("my daft effort at being arch"), is too good to be true, but Kachtick manages to make her almost believable as an earnest Bible-reading and fashion-ignorant counterpoint to Carter. The novel takes a downward turn at the end when Kachtick plays with alternate endings to his story, but this is otherwise an engaging chronicle of Calvin Klein-clad soul-searching.
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