A Face at the Window

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Broadway Books, 1997 - Fiction - 309 pages
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After sending their only daughter off to boarding school, Cookson Selway and his wife, Ellen, travel to London to escape their empty, echoing house. But their quiet hotel has guests other than those on the register, and a vacation intended to distract them from the present instead becomes a chilling confrontation with the past. Selway, an escapist with an alcoholic history and a gift for prescience, is drawn into a series of encounters with the ghost of a young girl who died in a fall from the same hotel sixty years earlier. Gradually, the shadowy rooms and characters of her life - and the nightmarish circumstances of her death - grow more real to him than those of this own, and he relishes the chance to move from his lackluster reality into her troubled history. Selway's wife looks on helplessly, then hopelessly, as her husband withdraws into a darkness whose inhabitants she cannot see or touch. Their marriage begins to crumble, and suddenly the lives of those around them are also in great jeopardy.

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User Review  - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing

I read 5 chapters. It was intriguing, but just not interesting enough to keep me in it. Weird stuff going on and probably there is a reason. I don't find myself caring to find out. Read full review

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In this literate ghost story, Cookson Selway flies to England with his wife, who will be sopping up atmosphere for her next mystery. But for Cook the mystery is more immediate; at the hotel, the ... Read full review


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Dennis McFarland was born in 1950 and received his B.A. from Brooklyn College. In 1981, he was awarded a Wallace Stegner fellowship. In addition to writing books, McFarland has taught creative writing at Stanford University and has written numerous contributions to such periodicals as Mademoiselle and The New Yorker. His novels are generally about families ravaged by alcoholism. They include "School for the Blind," "The Music Room," and "A Face at the Window.

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