Ghost Town by Patrick Mcgrath
Tales of Manhattan Then and Now

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A man is haunted by the memory of his mother with a rope round her neck. It is the American War of Independence, and having defied the British forces occupying New York she must pay for her revolutionary activities. But fifty years on her son harbours a festering guilt for his inadvertent part in her downfall. In thrusting nineteenth-century New York, a ruthless merchant's sensitive son is denied the love of his life through his father's prejudice against the immigrants flooding into the city - and madness and violence ensue. In the wake of 9/11, a Manhattan psychiatrist treats a favoured patient reeling from the destruction of the World Trade Center, but fails to detect the damage she herself has sustained.

In this trio of stunning tales from a master storyteller, Patrick McGrath excavates the layers of New York's turbulent history.


About Patrick Mcgrath

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Patrick McGrath is the author of numerous novels, including Port Mungo, Asylum, Spider, The Grotesque, and Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution. He lives in New York.
Published December 22, 2014 by Bloomsbury Paperbacks. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel, Education & Reference. Fiction

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GHOST TOWN is part of Bloomsbury's Writer in the City series, in which a writer provides a story that captures the essence of a certain city.

Sep 06 2005 | Read Full Review of Ghost Town: Tales of Manhatta...

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