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Title: A FACE AT THE WINDOW
Publisher: New York: Broadway Books, 1997. dj
Publication Date: 1997
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
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After sending their only daughter off to boarding school, Cookson Selway and his wife, Ellen, travel to London to escape their empty, echoing house. But their quiet hotel has guests other than those on the register, and the vacation turns into a journey not only to another city but to another time. As Selway is drawn into a series of mysterious encounters with a young girl who died in a fall from his hotel window sixty years earlier, he finds that the shadowy rooms and characters of her life become more real to him than those of his own. An escapist with an alcoholic history, he secretly relishes the chance to move from his lackluster reality into the high drama of the girl's past. But as he begins to do so, he jeopardizes his marriage and the lives of those around him, and the consequences of his escape are far greater than he could ever have imagined.Review:
A Face at the Window is a rare treat--a critically acclaimed literary novel that is also a charming tale of the supernatural. The plot is a bit like Stephen King's The Shining: a man who is sober after years of alcohol abuse undergoes a mid-life crisis while staying in a haunted hotel, and gets so involved with the ghosts he becomes estranged from his wife. The emphasis here, though, is on how the personalities of three ghosts (a violently drunken man, an adolescent girl with a split personality, and a bratty boy) mirror long-standing anxieties within the narrator. As the Boston Book Review writes, "By cleverly shifting the mystery of the novel from action to character, ... McFarland is able to imply that underlying our everyday lives are forces as inexplicable, with as much potential for horror, as any spine tingling tale." But we horror readers already knew that, didn't we?
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