Jack and the Ghost

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89.3 The Current Rock and Roll Book Club Selection

A gothic, lyrical evocation of a shipwreck, ghosts, and lost—and found—love in a North Shore town 

Jack Cooper, last in a long family line of fishermen, lives alone in the remote North Shore town of Greyshore, haunted by grief. But he will discover what it means to be truly haunted when a ghostly woman appears to lure him to land’s end, to the beckoning waves that have broken his heart. In a tale weird and whimsical, as familiar as folklore and as strange as life itself, musical artists Chan Poling and Lucy Michell create a world where even the most hardened soul has to see that grief may be tough, but life is tougher. 

As Jack’s childhood friend, the loyal and endlessly optimistic Red, tries to counter the ghost’s allure, the story exerts its own charm, guiding us through a landscape of prose and pictures at once irreverent and dead serious. Though the book’s surreal seduction might call to mind the likes of Wes Anderson, Edward Gorey, or the Decemberists, it is, finally, Poling and Michell’s singular accomplishment, an enchanting imaginative leap into life’s haunted depths.

Author:
Chan Poling
Illustrator:
Lucy Michell
Publisher:
Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2019)
Hardcover:
72 pages