Stay Close, Little Ghost: A Novel

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Quirky and romantic, Stay Close, Little Ghost is an ecstatic debut novel flecked with fever dream fairy tales: a girl with no eyes scratching personal messages into the walls of the subway tunnel, a woman whose running mascara streaks over her body as she fades into a shadow on the wall, a missing child seen swimming across a lake bottom, a lost secret city where love is like tasting the real thing after tasting the fast food version for your entire life, a house whose painted landscape and sky walls erupt into a blizzard, magic glasses that translate languages and see inside people, a map of all the four-leaf clovers in the city, miraculous diamonds that hold the key to any question in the world, and a little wolf that lives inside the stomach of the narrator. Against this fantastic backdrop, a wonderfully flawed mathematician unravels as he collides with the most famous open problem in modern computer science. The result is a love story unlike anything else.

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Oliver Serang was born in Philadelphia in 1984 and raised by very civilized wolves. He loves storms, swimming in deep water, and feeling the wind from the subway. Stay Close, Little Ghost is a woozy treatise on the nature of love and human imperfection that he wrote while finishing his Ph.D. in Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, working as a visiting scientist in Agronomy at the University of São Paulo, and starting his research fellowship in Neurobiology at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He currently lives in Germany.

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I find myself thinking of passages from Catcher in the Rye... Serang swims to the depths of his darkness and just as his lungs are about to burst, he turns back to the light. He sees beyond the fleetingsparks that we think are the essence of our lives. In the last few breaths of his book, Serang's voice arrests me. Until now, I've been aware of his adeptness at playing with the artifice of fantasy and fairy tale. He employs the imagery that these storytelling forms invite him to use but it's when he allows this structure to fall away that his voice transforms into the voice inside my head. He speaks to me directly and for the time it takes to read those last pages, I forget that I am holding a book in my hands.-The Uncustomary Book Review

Stay Close, Little Ghost, is reminiscent of Murakami's finest moments. It is unflinchingly honest, magically immersive and so imbued with heartache that it's like revisiting your Top Five All-Time Worst Breakups à la High Fidelity. But at all once. And completely devoid of self-pity's trappings because it's too stuffed with raw emotion's introspection to fit much of anything else.
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It slams the rigidly logical vehicle of mathematical distillation into the hallucinatory fog of magical realism... Maybe it's because I'm coated in a little residual magic from recently revisiting the similarly feverish, preternaturally dreamlike world of Haruki Murakami, or because I've been wallowing in a surfeit of 30s-onset introspection... but Stay Close, Little Ghost offered one of those fated chance encounters of crossing paths with a novel at the absolute perfect time...
-Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

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