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The Ghost of Greenwich Village: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lorna Graham
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Book Description

In this charming fiction debut, a young woman moves to Manhattan in search of romance and excitement—only to find that her apartment is haunted by the ghost of a cantankerous Beat Generation writer in need of a rather huge favor.

For Eve Weldon, moving to Greenwich Village is a dream come true. She’s following in the bohemian footsteps of her mother, who lived there during the early sixties among a lively community of Beat artists and writers. But when Eve arrives, the only scribe she meets is a grumpy ghost named Donald, and the only writing she manages to do is for chirpy segments on a morning news program, Smell the Coffee. The hypercompetitive network environment is a far cry from the genial camaraderie of her mother’s literary scene, and Eve begins to wonder if the world she sought has faded from existence. But as she struggles to balance her new job, demands from Donald to help him complete his life’s work, a budding friendship with a legendary fashion designer, and a search for clues to her mother’s past, Eve begins to realize that community comes in many forms—and that the true magic of the Village is very much alive, though it may reveal itself in surprising ways.


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Praise for The Ghost of Greenwich Village:

“Go out and buy three copies…one for yourself, one for your mom, and one for your best friend.  Lorna Graham has a gift.”
-- Hoda Kotb, Co-anchor, fourth hour of NBC’s “Today”

“Lorna Graham’s debut sparkles with wit and warmth and magic.  Eve is a modern girl with an old soul whose story will make you smile and wish for ghosts of your own.”
-- Judy Merrill Larsen, author of All the Numbers

"Lorna Graham's novel is charming, a sweet and whimsical romp through a magical Manhattan. I would love to live in her Greenwich Village, both past and present.”
-- Janelle Brown, author of This Is Where We Live and All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

“The Ghost of Greenwich Village is a beautifully written love story. It’s a tribute to people and places, past and present, real and imagined. But it’s also a fascinating peek inside the world of morning news, and a fast-paced adventure of a single girl in New York City (complete with fabulous closet).  While reading it, I wanted to bury myself in a really comfy chair and silence the phone so no one could disturb me until I’d devoured the last page.”
-- Paulina Porizkova, author of A Model Summer


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About the Author

LORNA GRAHAM has been writing for top network anchors--including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, and Ann Curry--for fourteen years at ''Good Morning America'' and currently at ''Dateline NBC''. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Reader's Digest, New Woman, and The Educated Traveler. She has also written a short film, A Timeless Call, about America's veterans, which was directed by Steven Spielberg.

Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034552621X
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WNEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's "Coming of Age"... With a Ghost Story April 29, 2011
By Leah
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Imagine a girl who moves to the Big Apple to have a life everyone envies: trendy friends, beautiful home, and a job worthy of the elite. Well, small town girl Eve Weldon's reality of moving to Greenwich Village is anything but. She has a roommate who happens to be a ghost: a fiery, conceited, artsy writer named Donald. He wants Eve to help him complete his work, but Eve's got other things to worry about, like another potential job, this time as a writer for a morning all purpose show called Smell the Coffee and a budding friendship with a reclusive fashion designer.

This may have the word "ghost" in the title, but it's really about Eve becoming her own self. She's haunted by the death of her mother, so to feel closer to her, she moves to the Village. But she also has to learn to fend for herself, something she never really had to do before. Her relationship with Donald is professional yet sweet. He himself is very mysterious and over the top. His story was worked in to the book nicely.

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Eve's transformation from naive to reasonably strong woman is too cute. Everything happens way too easily for her. Working in television requires quick wits and little to no second chances, but she gets second chances. Very unbelievable considering one certain circumstance. She makes a mistake, and Oops! But don't worry, she'll get the job anyway. She'll warm that reclusive fashion designers's heart with her cutesy demeanor. I was in a constant state of disbelief every time; I can believe the ghost plot, but not landing a TV job after a royal mess up. Aside from this, the descriptions of the "starving artist" and television studio life are very spot on (author Lorna Graham used to write for news and I interned at a studio for a year).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read May 21, 2011
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Eve is a young woman who heads out to New York with hopes of connecting with her long dead mother whose past included being part of the sixties Beat Generation. While 'Ghost' is prominent in the title, Donald, the ghost here, is a relatively minor part of the story. This is more about Eve and her quest to find her place in life.

We're taken behind the scenes of a morning news show and shown how things work. There are many references to Beat Generation writers woven in with Donald the ghost and Eve's new friendships. I found some things a little too convenient and at times got restless with the lack of action in the story. That being said, I got a great feel for the characters and enjoyed Graham's writing style. Overall, I found this an easy and fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost and the City Girl July 19, 2012
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The Ghost of Greenwich Village is what I consider a fine summer read. The whimsical tale focuses on a girl looking to make her way in the big city, with all the trials and tribulations that come along with it. The storied Greenwich Village setting adds an element of interest here too. But the ghost who so prominently steals the title really is a minor character, albeit an interesting one at that. I think the author does a nice job here of crafting a book that will be of interest primarily to women. It's not the next great American novel, but then it doesn't pretend to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a smart book! May 13, 2011
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The Ghost of Greenwich Village is a well written, witty, and engaging novel. A smart read, set in the present day, but one that often conjures images of the past. I loved the scenes that transport you back to the beatnik generation in Paris and NYC. The author did a fantastic job of making you care about the quirky characters and their situations. The love hate relationship between Eve (the main character) and Donald (the beatnik ghost writer inhabiting her apartment and life) reminded me a bit of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", but this was indeed a fresh story that I very much enjoyed. Sit down with a nice cuppa and enjoy every minute of this charming book.
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I originally reviewed this for the blog Reader Unboxed.

The Ghost of Greenwich Village is a unique gem of a story. On the surface it's the story of a girl who moved to New York from the Midwest in the hopes of finding herself and the essence of her mother, Penelope, amongst the bustle and excitement of the city her mother loved so much. Move a layer deeper and you find Eve struggling as a true ghost writer, not only as an under-appreciated, hidden writer for a day time news show but as the often unwilling writer for the ornery, uppity ghost that does not only inhabit her apartment but her very brain, tickling her wiring until she complies. Continue through the various folds and you will find yourself at what I found to be the essence of the story: a life worth living is rarely easy and in order to get there we must acknowledge the past, have the strength and courage to move forward from it and to remember the true friends that helped us along the way.

At turns funny and touching, Lorna Graham's writing style is delicious and her descriptive skills (at one point she describes the streets of New York as a Narnian landscape) had me wishing I lived in such a magical city. The inclusion of Donald as a sort of ego-centric Jiminy Cricket served to not only keep Eve on her toes but gave her a friend in a lonely city and gave her a link to the life her mother had cherished. The behind the scenes look into the world of television news was a real eye opener for me and was a lively contrast to the Beat generation that Eve worked so hard to find.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The problem with taking out an audio book from the library is that if...
you are stuck with it. Eve is an early 30's young woman who emotionally stuck at about 14. From the very start of the book I wanted to just tell her to grow up, and get into... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
Each day I looked forward to finishing work so I could get back to this book. Great imagery, an original storyline, a likeable heroine and a writing style far above and beyond... Read more
Published 23 months ago by M
2.0 out of 5 stars Living the Dream?
Back pack thru Europe, live in the Village, get paid to write -- living the dream. Eve's got two out of three under her belt. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Melissa D. Mckee
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Tale
Eve Weldon is living her fantasy life. Growing up in the Midwest, her mother dying early, left Eve lonely and longing for more. Read more
Published on December 11, 2012 by Sandra Kirkland
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming and satisfying story
More than a ghost story, this novel is about a young woman making her way in the competitive world of New York City. Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by G. Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tour of the neighborhood
Readers who wish they could live in Greenwich Village and those who are lucky enough to do so both will enjoy this book. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Villager
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!!!
This was one of the most boring books I ever read. I used it instead of a sleeping pill....Read half way and couldn't take it anymore. Maybe I am missing something?
Published on February 2, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I loved this novel! The plot is intricately woven (Lorna Graham certainly researched very thoroughly) and the characters are so colorful and vivid! Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by caralin
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
To Eventual Weldon, Greenwich Village is a place of magic. Having lost her mother early, Eve is aware of her mother's time in New York when she was young, prior to marrying and... Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by John O. Raab
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved it as a 20-something living in NY... but a must read for everyone else, too. A fun read through downtown NYC.
Published on December 17, 2011 by Hayley
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Lorna Graham was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Barnard College. She has written for Good Morning America and Dateline NBC. She also wrote a short film, "A Timeless Call," honoring America's military veterans, that was directed by Steven Spielberg. She lives in Greenwich Village.

The Ghost of Greenwich Village is her first novel.

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