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A reunion of ghosts: a novel

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A compulsively readable literary masterpiece, A Reunion of Ghosts is the shared confessional of three sisters who have decided to kill themselves at the end of the twentieth century, honoring the dark legacy that has haunted their extraordinary family for decades.How do three sisters write a single suicide note?In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters--Lady, Vee, and Delph--finalize their plans to end their lives. Their reasons are not theirs alone; they are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves, beginning with their great-grandmother, the wife of a Jewish Nobel Prize-winning chemist who developed the first poison gas used in World War I and the lethal agent used in Third Reich gas chambers. The chemist himself, their son Richard, and Richard's children all followed suit.The childless sisters also define themselves by their own bad luck. Lady, the oldest, never really resumed living after her divorce. Vee is facing cancer's return. And Delph, the youngest, is resigned to a spinster's life of stifled dreams. But despite their pain they love each other fiercely, and share a darkly brilliant sense of humor.As they gather in the ancestral Upper West Side apartment to close the circle of the Alter curse, an epic story about four generations of one family--inspired in part by the troubled life of German-Jewish Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of chlorine gas--unfolds. A Reunion of Ghosts is a magnificent tale of fate and blood, sin and absolution; partly a memoir of sisters unified by a singular burden, partly an unflinching eulogy of those who have gone before, and above all a profound commentary on the events of the twentieth century.
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Grouped Work ID 27a74f8d-68bc-6a73-131b-93e2e0b3a726
Full title reunion of ghosts
Author mitchell judith claire
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-25 23:21:42PM
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display_description "In the vein of such classic family sagas as Fall on Your Knees, A Reunion of Ghosts is the confessional of three sisters who have decided to kill themselves on the very last day of the 20th century; in it they tell the story of a family haunted by suicide ever since the sisters' great-grandfather, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, developed the first poison gas used in warfare and also the lethal agent used in the Third Reich's gas chambers--inspired in part by the troubled life of Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of mustard gas"--
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Jewish families -- Fiction, Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction, Sisters -- Fiction, Suicide -- Fiction
title_display A reunion of ghosts : a novel
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topic_facet Audiobooks, Fiction, Jewish families, Literature, Sisters, Suicide