Ghost Lights: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 24, 2011 - Fiction - 255 pages
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A funny and haunting new novel from "one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation" (Los Angeles Times).

Hal is a mild-mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger, more virile coworker. At a drunken dinner party, Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan's employer, T.—the protagonist of Lydia Millet's much-lauded novel How the Dead Dream—who has vanished in a tropical jungle, initiating a darkly humorous descent into strange and unpredictable terrain.

Salon raved that Millet's "writing is always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself." In Ghost Lights, she combines her characteristic wit and a sharp eye for the weirdness that governs human (and nonhuman) interactions. With the scathing satire and tender honesty of Sam Lipsyte and a dark, quirky, absurdist style reminiscent of Joy Williams, Millet has created a comic, startling, and surprisingly philosophical story about idealism and disillusionment, home and not home, and the singular, heartbreaking devotion of parenthood.
 

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User Review  - Christine DeZelar-Tiedman - Book Verdict

Hal, a mild-mannered IRS agent, goes to Belize ostensibly in search of his wife's missing employer, a real estate developer who's also the protagonist of Millet's How the Dead Dream. In reality, this ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
15
Section 3
17
Section 4
41
Section 5
55
Section 6
73
Section 7
76
Section 8
86
Section 11
123
Section 12
138
Section 13
162
Section 14
175
Section 15
183
Section 16
193
Section 17
222
Section 18
242

Section 9
97
Section 10
98
Section 19
246
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About the author (2011)

Lydia Millet is the author of the novels Sweet Lamb of Heaven, Mermaids in Paradise, Ghost Lights (a New York Times Notable Book), Magnificence (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and other books. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives outside Tucson, Arizona.

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