Madeleine's Ghost

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Delacorte Press, 1995 - Fiction - 356 pages
22 Reviews
Brooklyn needs a saint. Ned Conti needs a stipend. So the struggling young historian agrees to trace the mysterious past of a Brooklyn nun for evidence of miracles. Trapped in a neighborhood of cheap rents and failed promise, in a rent-controlled apartment suddenly, inexplicably seized by a beautiful and angry ghost, Ned's only refuge is the F train to Manhattan's East Village bars, where he and his friends drown their sorrows in drink....
But Ned is about to heed another call, the siren song of New Orleans, where the history of countless lost souls seems to rise from the steaming streets--and where, ten years before, he ended a brief, passionate affair with a woman whose memory has haunted him ever since. Here, in a city of spirits, Ned will embrace a dead saint and a living sinner...as a beautiful ghost offers him her desire. And his destiny....
Set amid the sleepless energy and seething passion of New York and New Orleans, "Madeleine's Ghost" is a spellbinding novel of lost love, history, and desire--a work of startling originality that is at once exquisitely written and compulsively readable.
Robert Girardi was educated at Catholic schools in Europe and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a recipient of the James Michener Fellowship in 1989. He lives in Washington, D.C. This is his first novel.

"A remarkable achievement...Immensely engaging...part love story, part ghost story, always absorbing."
"--Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"A fast, can't-put-it-down reading experience...a vibrant gumbo of ghosts and gypsies, lovers and others."
"--New Orleans Times-Picayune"
"Readers have waited too long for Robert Girardi's peculiar mesmerizing genius."
--Colin Harrison, author of "Bodies Electric"
*.".. a first novel of astonishing accomplishment... Girardi drives his talealong with sensuous prose."
"--Publishers Weekly, " starred review

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User Review  - Betsy - Goodreads

Meh. I am from New Orleans, and I appreciated the local flair of the book, but I thought the plot moved too slowly, and the characters were not at all likeable. Then, it got weird and creepy. I wish more had been made of his research into the proposed saint. And, it had a good twist at the end. Read full review

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User Review  - Taryn Chase - Goodreads

A strange tale about a guy whose NYC apartment is haunted... He's also pining for a girl he loved in New Orleans ten years before and is conducting research on a possible saint from Brooklyn. For a ... Read full review

About the author (1995)

Robert Girardi was educated at Catholic schools in Europe and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a recipient of a James Michener Fellowship in 1989. He lives in Washington, D.C. This is his first novel.

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