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Product details

  • Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552621X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526212
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,469,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautifully written love story 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

""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

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"

.".has a lot to say about enduring challenges to achieve a goal."--Katie Holmes, in "O Magazine"

"Delightful!" "- People "

"This debut novel exudes charm and insider knowledge... The characters are quirky and realistic, and the story rings true... Highly recommended for all fiction readers."--"Library Journal"
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With its light, matter-of-fact depiction of a supernatural relationship, Graham's debut is lots of fun to read....Delightful coming-of-age story with a sweet reverence for the art and romance of old Gotham.--"Kirkus"

"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"

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"
.."has a lot to say about enduring challenges to achieve a goal."--Katie Holmes, in "O Magazine"
"Delightful!" "- People "
"This debut novel exudes charm and insider knowledge... The characters are quirky and realistic, and the story rings true... Highly recommended for all fiction readers."--"Library Journal"
" "
With its light, matter-of-fact depiction of a supernatural relationship, Graham's debut is lots of fun to read....Delightful coming-of-age story with a sweet reverence for the art and romance of old Gotham.--"Kirkus"
"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"

About the Author

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.

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What's not to like about this coming of age in the big City novel? It's got a contemporary setting in TV news, with an insider's perspective, features Greenwich Vilage and a colourful cast of characters. I especially enjoyed some of the insights into the Beat era in New York City and their hang outs, the little subplot featuring vintage clothing, and the fashion designer. If I had a quibble it would be that the Ohio back story didn't seem alive, and perhaps that's because the protagonist didn't feel alive there herself.
I enjoyed this book, and recommend it.
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`The Ghost of Greenwich Village' is in many ways a simple book of a young lady, Eve Weldon, moving to New York and settling in Greenwich Village. She wonders if it can ever match the magic that it held for her mother. In a way it is the story of her search for her mother's past and what the Village was during the 60's, especially in the literary scene.
She just happens to get an apartment inhabited by a former writer's ghost. In many ways the book becomes too improbable, she also just happens to make friends with someone who knew the ghost when he was alive. There is just too much happenstance and she just lets life `happen' to her- a friend seems to procure all of her jobs and she really lets the ghost control her life in many ways. But in the end she learns to be bold, to have some `spunk'.

Because of Eve's seemingly drifting existence it is hard to care for her at times, but strangely enough this book also becomes a bit addictive to read... we wonder how it will all work out...Can she find a good job, keep her apartment, will the ghost have his story written, can Eve find herself and the answers she seeks about her mother's life in New York? We learn how it all turns out and how a young lady finds herself.
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The Ghost of Greenwich village is a well written and entertaining book, and I enjoyed both the Village atmosphere and the insight into the frenetic world of the TV writer. The character was one I cared about, and I would definitely endorse this book.
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"The Ghost of Greenwich Village," is the debut novel of Lorna Graham. It's more or less a coming of age story and a moving to Manhattan to make it story, set largely in the world of television morning news shows. Graham has certainly learned about this world on the job: she's credited with having written for top American network anchors, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and Ann Curry at "Dateline NBC," and Charlie Gibson at ABC's "Good Morning America." She's also credited with print journalism, for The New York Times, among other publications, and with the authorship of a short film, A TIMELESS CALL that was directed by Steven Spielberg.

In her first novel, a young woman moves to Manhattan looking for romance and excitement, and to try to find the tracks of her late mother's experience there decades ago. But she finds that her unusually cheap Greenwich Village apartment - with a fireplace, no less, is haunted by the ghost of a bad tempered Beat Generation writer who demands a labor-intensive favor of her.

Eve Weldon has a lot invested in moving to Greenwich Village. She's shaking the dust of Ohio off her shoes, leaving her widower lawyer Dad, known as Gin, in the green hills of Rolling Links, a condo golfing community just outside Greenwich, Ohio, in the vicinity of Columbus. And she's finally following in the bohemian footsteps of her mother Penelope, who lived in the Village during the early sixties among a thriving community of Beat artists and writers. But when Eve arrives, the first author she meets is the grumpy ghost named Donald, and the only writing she manages to do is light-weight segments of a morning news program, Smell the Coffee.
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