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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935439472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935439479
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When his older brother, Fleece, disappears, along with a substantial load of local drug-kingpin Lawrence Gruel’s marijuana, James Cole sees no way out other than to step into his brother’s shoes, running bottles and blunts for a backwoods Kentucky drug empire. His mother, a hard-core prescription-pill addict whose reasoning skills have long ago been shot to hell, had been pressuring him, peppering him with her addled notions of family obligation. Although much of what Cole sees frightens him, especially his obese, fatally ill boss and his menacing partner, Cole feels he must learn what he can about what happened to his brother, despite his own ambitions to leave Kentucky far behind by working as a diver for the oil companies. In addition, Cole is hopelessly in love with a college girl whose family life looks like another world, since his own family history is marked by violence and cruelty. Although Gann’s ornate style sometimes gets in the way of his gritty story, patient readers will feel the full weight of this mournful tale of a doomed family with ill-conceived notions of loyalty. --Joanne Wilkinson

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"A thrilling and largehearted novel . . . a high-low cocktail of lovely prose and cruel deeds [driven] by pages of expansive writing and palpable suspense. Ghosting's mysteries are its rewards."  --Keith Dixon, The New York Times Book Review

"The prose pulses with terror and bad blood, the characters with yearning and humor, and this story latches onto you and doesn't let go."--Flavorpill, "Must Read" for April 2012

"Ghosting is imaginative and expertly rendered. . . . Gann creates a full portrait of a community riddled by drugs and economic hardship, and at the same time struggling to find a spiritual foothold.  Even the Appalachian landscape is a character, carrying wild beauty and the weight of the past." --Tina Egnoski, Southern Literary Review

“Unfolding with unflinching clarity and moral inevitability, this is a tale of love and loyalty, family and duty, naïveté and duplicity, played out on an amoral landscape of drugs and violence...Hillbilly noir as literary fiction of the first order.”—Kirkus Reviews

“…the characters are fully realized—rooted in the land and veined with bad blood—and their motivations are complex and believable. Violent, bloody, and darkly beautiful, this is a fascinating novel depicting the seedy bottom of an America in decline.”—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

“In Ghosting, Kirby Gann has created an utterly compelling ode to the fearsome and contradictory desires of his unforgettable characters. Writing in brilliantly sustained licks of prose, Gann gives us flesh-and-blood human beings who cannot escape what they cannot help wanting. Their fate is true, the ride beautiful and dark.”
John Burham Schwartz ,author of Reservation Road and Northwest Corner

“With a plot as full of twists and turns as an ancient Greek tragedy, Kirby Gann’s Ghosting is one of the most beautifully worded and superbly crafted novels about the fateful consequences of being caught up in the criminal life that I have ever read.And I’m speaking truth.”
Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff

“What a richly imagined world Kirby Gann has wrought in Ghosting. A frightful world of drug running and addiction, but beneath that a story of family and the desire for safety and peace. This novel is full of grit and the yearnings of the human heart. Its carefully drawn characters latched onto me and wouldn’t let me go.”
Lee Martin, author of Break the Skin and The Bright Forever

“Combining grit and poetry, deep feeling and an unsentimental gaze, Kirby Gann has written a novel as intimate as the stifling locale where it’s set and as expansive as the minds and voices of the people ensnared there. Ghosting is dark, funny, unexpected, and populated with characters we immediately recognize even as they avoid cliché.”—Christopher Sorrentino, author of Trance and Sound on Sound

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I am a very picky reader and I couldn't put this one down.
Matt R Anderson
What impresses me most about Ghosting is the depth and complexity of the characters, and Gann’s talent for exploring their psychologies from fresh angles.
Troy Ehlers
Cole is pretty much powerless and floats through this novel like a man in a barrel heading towards Niagara Falls.
Buzz Fledderjohn

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By not a natural on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I live in West Virginia, a stone's throw from the Kentucky border and comfortable driving distance from the setting for Kirby Gann's excellent novel Ghosting. This part of the south is an odd place, where one sees the very best and the very worst in people, but more frequently a unique and curious mixture of muted versions of the two extremes. I'm not a student of the literature of the rural south, but I can't imagine anyone doing a better job of capturing the variegated, uneven, inexplicable, full-of-surprises nature of this part of the world than we find in Ghosting.

I remember the first time I drove up a dirt road not far from home and passed a field of neatly arranged rows and columns of small, steep-roofed structures, each with a fighting cock, erect and preening, standing on top. The field belonged to the principal of a small, rural elementary school, an intelligent, devout, and compassionate woman, and the fighting cocks belonged to her teenaged son. She construed his interest in this violent and cruel sport offhandedly, as just part of growing up, no more reprehensible than T-ball in an affluent suburb of Cincinnati or Columbus. She thought it unfortunate that younger boys at the nearby 7-through-12 high school couldn't use the lavatory for fear of harassment by the older boys who hung out there smoking, but boys will be boys. The assistant principal of the high school, a decent, generous, and resourceful guy with a remarkable talent for making the most of computer software, had tried using hired adults as lavatory monitors, but the juniors and seniors drove them off, and they did so with impunity.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Smith on April 19, 2012
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Ghosting is not a book for the faint of heart. In these pages, we encounter poverty and desperation, abandoned dreams, bodies broken by illness, bodies broken by other men. Cruelty is inescapable, a malevolent tide that oozes from the hardscrabble backdrop of rural Kentucky. In Ghosting, Kirby Gann allows an unflinching gaze into the shadowlands of commerce and history and human hearts. We, Gann's readers, emerge rattled. We have walked with monsters and their victims, and long after the cover is closed, we feel the chill of their shadows. And yet, we are also left with a glimmer of hope, a chance for salvation, a hint that glows all the brighter for the darkness from which it emerged.

The plot is deceptively straight forward--a young man, James Cole, wants to know what's become of his missing stepbrother, a drug runner who's made off with a kingpin's marijuana harvest. Simple enough, yet beneath the surface waits an inescapable dissonance, a labyrinth of twisted histories and veiled motives. Little is as it appears, and we soon realize Cole, a man-boy who once desired to escape the world he was born into, has become whisked away on tides he doesn't fully comprehend. He allows the few opportunities he's allotted to extirpate himself to pass, poor decisions that carry him deeper into a tangle of death and crime. As the story progresses, we fear for James Cole. Ahead, through the darkness, waits a brand of trouble that pulls him--and us--like a bad gravity.

A rich supporting cast accompanies Cole on his journey. There are the gangster inheritors of the backwoods moonshine tradition. There are the children of privilege destined to leave this place and the impoverished who are bound to remain. There are addicts and sadists and believers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MJ on February 22, 2013
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I read a lot of different types of books and am known for being very picky. Ghosting comes with my highest recommendation. a friend told me it was "country noir." But that does not do this book justice. this is great fiction of the highest level. real characters who are believable and who you grow to love or loathe. But who like real people are multidimensional. and are a little bit of good and bad (except Arley Noe who is pure evil). Writing that is so good that it takes your breadth away. you want to reread a paragraph to make sure you taken it all in. Like life, the book does not tie up nicely like a bow but left me thinking. i just went and bought a couple of copies to give to friends who love reading like I do. I can not wait to introduce them to James Cole and Shady Beck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Troy Ehlers on February 18, 2014
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Ghosting, set in rural Kentucky, is about a young man, James Cole, who is haunted by the disappearance of his stepbrother. Most believe that his stepbrother, who’d worked as a drug runner, simply made off with one of the kingpin’s hauls and fled town. Cole doesn’t believe that he would have left without leaving word for him; especially knowing that he himself has always hoped to escape this small community and its complex web of family histories, drug dealing, and addiction. Cole’s sense of loss and his yearning to understand, complicated by his own loss of direction and his mother’s painkiller addiction, wind up drawing him farther and farther into the underworld, in danger of forsaking his own destiny while following his stepbrother’s footsteps.

Ghosting is a tragedy of loss that doesn’t wallow; it’s a gritty look at the real horrors of drug addiction and commerce in rural America; and it’s a suspenseful coming-of-age thriller. What impresses me most about Ghosting is the depth and complexity of the characters, and Gann’s talent for exploring their psychologies from fresh angles. (This same talent is realized in his previous novel, Our Napoleon in Rags) Gann doesn’t allow his characters to be pigeonholed. The novel’s drug kingpin isn’t a stereotypical, flat, bad guy; we see how he became who he is, we witness his pains, jealousy, grief, desires, and personal eccentricities. Gann does not draw his characters from society’s medians and portray them along a fixed dimension, he discovers real people (whether mainstream or fringe) and boldly delves into their exceptional contradictions and fascinating eccentricities.
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Kirby Gann is the author of the novels Ghosting (2012), The Barbarian Parade (2004), and Our Napoleon in Rags (2005). He is also co-editor (with poet Kristin Herbert) of the anthology A Fine Excess: Contemporary Literature at Play, which was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (Anthologies). His work has appeared most recently in The Lumberyard and The Oxford American, among other journals. He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship and two Professional Assistance Awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, and an Honorable Mention in The Pushcart Prize Anthology. Gann is Managing Editor at Sarabande Books, and teaches in the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and three dogs.

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