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Alan Lightman’s first novel, Einstein’s Dreams, became an
international best seller and was hailed by Salman Rushdie
as “at once intellectually provocative and touching and
comic and so very beautifully written.” His novel The
Diagnosis, called “highly original and imaginative” by the
New York Times, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Now comes a stunning and disturbing new novel about a man’s
encounter with the unfathomable.
David is a person of modest ambitions who works in a bank,
lives in a rooming house, enjoys books and quiet walks by
the lake. Three months after unexpectedly being fired from
his job, he takes a temporary position at a mortuary. And
there, sitting alone in the “slumber room” one afternoon at
dusk, he sees something that he cannot comprehend, something
that no science can explain, something that will force him
to question everything he believes in, including himself.
After his metaphysical experience, all his relationships
change-—with his estranged wife, his girlfriend, his
mother--and he grudgingly finds himself at the center of a
bitter public controversy over the existence of the
supernatural. As David struggles to understand what has
happened to him, we embark on a provocative exploration of
the delicate divide between the physical world and the
spiritual world, between skepticism and faith, between the
natural and the supernatural, and between science and religion.
Combining a dramatic story with compelling characters and
provocative ideas, Ghost investigates timeless questions
that continue to challenge contemporary society.
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