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Summary

Can anyone really choose to be forgotten?

An elderly gentleman checks into a B&B in a small village in rural Ireland where he knows nobody. Four days later, his body is found in the lake.

The identity of their unknown guest raises questions for one family in particular, twin sisters Liv and Marianne, and their mother, Ethel, each of whom is searching for her own place in the world.

The Ghostlights brilliantly evokes the lives of the people in the town and explores the aftershocks of a stranger’s tragedy. What is identity? And strangerhood? What is the meaning of home, and what power do we have over whether or not we are remembered?

©2021 Gráinne Murphy (P)2021 W F Howes

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"A truly brilliant debut." (Emily Mazzara, Books Ireland)

"With sentences that you will want to cut out and keep, this is an intelligent, exquisitely crafted debut." (Fiona Mitchell)

 "Original and shattering." (Marianne Lee)

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  • Julie
  • 16-09-21

Easy on the ears

I enjoyed listening to this book very much. One cannot read with an irish accent so it was nice to hear. For me it gave the novel a clearer sense of place. The characters were well drawn and likable. It was funny and I oftentimes found myself laughing outloud. I just listened on a whim and I am glad I did.