City of Ghosts by Johanna Stoberock
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A Sweeping Romantic Adventure begins when Isabel Grady marries her best friend Anna's lover and follows him halfway around the world to the inhospitable mountains of Nepal. Now, living in a ruined palace, with a husband who disappears for weeks at a time, Isabel struggles to make a new life for herself. But when Isabel learns that a visit from Anna is only months away, suddenly it seems that at every turn her ancient surroundings -- and her own past -- threaten to crush her hopes for the future.

Isabel's new environment mirrors the tensions and passions of her marriage. The dense heat of monsoon, the ruins of a corrupt regime, and the lonely existence of expatriates are vividly rendered in a lyrical, rolling prose that is never hurried but always compelling. City of Ghosts is a poignant and probing study of love and loss and marks the arrival of a fresh and exciting literary voice.


About Johanna Stoberock

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Johanna Stoberock earned her M.F.A. from the University of Washington and lives in New York City. This is her first novel.
Published March 1, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Isabel Grady grew up on Cape Cod, where the men are silent but not often mysterious.So, naturally, when she moved to Manhattan to room with childhood friend Anna, she was unprepared for someone like Anna’s boyfriend Danny.

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Danny seems to love Isabel, but Isabel has all too much time to ponder exactly why she married him, and what it says about her relationship with Anna.

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