Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
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In a snug New England fishing village, Charlie St. Cloud tends the lawns and monuments of an ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that claimed his brother's life, Charlie is graced with an extraordinary gift: He can see, talk to, and even play catch with Sam's spirit. Into this magical world comes Tess Carroll, a captivating woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that propels her into Charlie's life. Their beautiful and uncommon connection leads to a race against time and a choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go — and the discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts.


About Ben Sherwood

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Ben Sherwood is a bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the president of ABC News. His novel The Man Who Ate the 747 has been published in 13 languages, and his other novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, was made into a feature film starring Zac Efron. A former broadcast producer for NBC Nightly News, he joined Good Morning America in April 2004 as executive producer and stayed in that position until Fall 06. He lives with his wife and sons in New York City.
Published March 2, 2004 by Bantam. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Horror. Fiction

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To keep their rendezvous, Charlie becomes the cemetery caretaker and sacrifices career opportunities, while Sam sacrifices his move to the next level of the spirit world.

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But before they can start, a sudden car accident kills both of them (Charlie only briefly), with Charlie receiving successful resuscitation.

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But Charlie sees and talks to him because Sam is just like Charlie's other cemetery acquaintances, the others in the "in between," a place where the newly departed and a few spiritual hangers-on await their time to pass onto the next astral plane.

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His camera oozes along the movie’s surfaces, as it did in “Igby Goes Down,’’ his first film, and the much queasier Efron vehicle, “17 Again.’’ “Charlie St. Cloud’’ does have one decent scene in a bar, in which Charlie decks a former classmate (Matt Ward) who says, “You want a piece of me, townie ...

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Faithfully retaining the maudlin contrivance (if not the plot particulars) of Ben Sherwood's 2004 novel, "Charlie St. Cloud" is a "Lovely Bones Lite" sentimental fantasy with Zac Efron in active contact with deceased loved ones.

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About a month ago, I received an invitation to see a private screening of the new film Charlie St. Cloud, starring Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Kim Basinger and Charlie Tahan about two brothers who are reunited in an unbelievable way after a tragic accident claims one of their lives.

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