Women and Ghosts by Alison Lurie

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The author of The War Between the Tates and the Pulitzer prize-winning Foreign Affairs now brings her irresistible wit to the ghost story.
 
In nine spooky tales, Alison Lurie writes of women haunted by ghosts both literal and metaphorical: A woman about to marry Mr. Right is visited by the spirit of his first wife; a dead fiancé haunts a foreign service officer every time she has an intimate moment with another man; the ghost of a girl in a Halloween costume disconcerts the perfect housewife. A secretary on a diet begins to see obese people everywhere she looks; a self-conscious poet is shadowed by her intrusive doppelganger; and a capricious, malevolent spirit seems to have inhabited an acquisitive matron’s prized piece of furniture.
 
Delightfully strange and beautifully told, these nine tales show Alison Lurie at her luminous best.
 

About Alison Lurie

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Alison Lurie is the author of many novels, including The War Between the Tates and Foreign Affairs (winner of the Pulitzer Prize). She teaches writing, folklore, and literature at Cornell University.
 
Published October 17, 2012 by Nan A. Talese. 192 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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``The Pool People'' start appearing in the pool of a rather unpleasant woman who has not allowed the men working on her house to cool off there, especially because she feared that one might have AIDS.

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An exception to the routine entries is ``The Pool People,'' whose premise about a rich woman's swimming pool haunted by workmen has a strong social tension ticking away behind it.

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Entertainment Weekly

Women and Ghosts Alison Lurie (Doubleday, $21) In what sounds like a gimmick but works like a charm, Lurie has written nine contemporary ghost tales, each carefully plotted, about women haunted by psychosomatic visions and supernatural beings.

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From that moment on, whenever Celia and a new beau approach intimacy, Dwayne appears to make nasty and uncharacteristically lewd comments.

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The Independent

Karo's initial smugness gives way to terror - and a much improved writing style - as she faces the extinction of her own persona.

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.' The occasional figurative phrase does slip in and hit home, like the finnicky woman who recoils from her neighbour's bad temper 'as if a wave full of dirty seaweed had slapped too close to her on a beach'.

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