Friday, May 7, 2010

Review: Dusty Waters: A Ghost Story by Laura J.W. Ryan

Book Details:

Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Field Stone Press (June 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098249162X
ISBN-13: 978-0982491621


What I Thought:

I totally enjoyed this one and for so many different reasons. Laura's writing style is just really awesome and has a unique flow to it. She really managed to make the story feel intimate.

'Dusty Waters: A Ghost Story' was certainly a unique book. I initially got interested in this one because it was a "ghost" story, but it turned out to be so much more than that. Yes, there are ghosts in the book, but I think this one really dug deeper. It really hits on the "ghosts" of our past and how they shape the person we are today.

I loved the sometimes nutty main character, Dusty, and the stories she told. They were each unique and again, I think it showed how the ghosts of our past affect the person today.

I have to mention the format of the book because I really thought it was great. Each chapter starts out with a transcript of an interview done with Dusty while working on a then switches in to what I would call a flashback.

Overall, I thought this one was enjoyable. No matter what kind of ghost story you're looking for you may just find it here. I'd call it a relaxed and easy-going book.


About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Dusty Waters is a ghost story, a family saga, the history of a haunted house, and a biography of a folksinger. Dusty's friend, Katharine, has volunteered to help her write the official biography, but there is one piece of her life that will not be part of the biography, she can see ghosts; Dusty's ancestral home Tanglewood is filled with them. This inherited sight adds a vexing dimension to her psyche that becomes an uneasy burden. After her boyfriend, Emmett James, drowns, his amiable ghost haunts her property while his body languishes in a persistent vegetative state at a nursing home. When he gently encourages her to live her life, she takes the difficult path toward her guitar-slinger/folksinger dream with fellow musician, Percival Sheridan.


About The Author:

Laura J. W. Ryan is a writer and an artist, she lives in an old farmhouse on a windswept hilltop in Upstate New York with her husband, their son, five cats, and one dog named Max. For more information about the author, please visit: where she discusses the creative life and inspiration, writes essays, posts writing in progress, photographs, and artwork.

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