Polly Baymiller, an ethereal, has glimpsed her nine-year-old son, Tip, for the first time since she died giving birth to him. Of her three sets of twins, he's the only baby she never got to hold, and it is he she has missed most fervently in the years she has spent learning to be a ghost. Love, Polly comes to realize, is not a state of mind but a way of being. One must act on the feeling in order to make it count. And act she does, taking bold steps to make sure that Tip has the courage and curiosity he needs to make his own precious way on earth.
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Polly's ghost: a novelUser Review - Book Verdict
In this wholly original if slightly frustrating novel, Polly Baymiller is a ghost. She died giving birth to Tip, her youngest son. Haunted by this child whom she never held, she directs his life from above, giving him the strength and curiosity to survive. The result is a discursive, ethereal novel, as Polly swoops in and out of the lives of her children, her husband, their friends, and several strangers, watching them grow and learn and love. The novel is made up of long, descriptive riffs, each section bright and interesting like a bead on a string, but it takes a while for the long threads of the plot to connect. Sometimes you wish for a tighter focus and a more sprightly plot, but then you are again seduced by the beauty of the language and the well-drawn characters. Truly, madly, deeply, this is a novel about the transcendent power of love. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/99.]--Yvette Weller Olson, City Univ. Lib., Renton, WA ...
Review: Polly's Ghost: A NovelUser Review - Goodreads
Polly's Ghost is brilliant. Abby Frucht writes as delicately as fog rolling in. A very unique book.