• Print Length: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 24, 2015)
Three wickedly funny sisters.
One family’s extraordinary legacy.
A single suicide note that spans a century …
Meet the Alter sisters: Lady, Vee, and Delph. These three mordantly witty, complex women share their family’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They love each other fiercely, but being an Alter isn’t easy. Bad luck is in their genes, passed down through the generations. Yet no matter what curves life throws at these siblings—and it’s hurled plenty—they always have a wisecrack, and one another.
In the waning days of 1999, the trio decides it’s time to close the circle of the Alter curse. But first, as the world counts down to the dawn of a new millennium, Lady, Vee, and Delph must write the final chapter of a saga lifetimes in the making—one that is inexorably intertwined with that of the twentieth century itself. Unspooling threads of history, personal memory, and family lore, they weave a mesmerizing account of their lives that stretches back decades to their great-grandfather, a brilliant scientist whose professional triumph became the sinister legacy that defines them.
Funny, heartbreaking, and utterly original, A Reunion of Ghosts is a magnificent novel about three unforgettable women bound to each other, and to their remarkable family, through the blessings and the burdens bestowed by blood.
“What if the man who invented chemical weapons was also a grandfather, and what if his great-grandchildren grew up to be three hilarious, introverted, deeply-haunted sisters? And what if those sisters co-wrote a fascinating, funny, and deeply sad 350-page suicide note? Then you’d have A Reunion of Ghosts. This is a triumphant, beautiful, and devastating novel about coincidences, family, and the sins of our fathers.”
— Anthony Doerr, New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See
About Judith Claire Mitchell
Judith Claire Mitchell, author of the novel The Last Day of the War, is an English professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Judy has received fellowships from the James A. Michener/Copernicus Society, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and elsewhere. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, the artist Don Friedlich.
Judith’s Tour Stops
Thursday, March 26th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, March 27th: Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, March 30th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, March 31st: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, April 1st: 5 Minutes for Books
Tuesday, April 7th: More Than Just Magic
Wednesday, April 8th: BookNAround
Thursday, April 9th: Doing Dewey
Monday, April 13th: The Discerning Reader
Tuesday, April 14th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Wednesday, April 15th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, April 16th: Book Hooked Blog
Friday, April 17th: Fuelled by Fiction
Friday, April 17th: Reader’s Oasis
Thursday, April 23rd: Spiced Latte Reads