Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Mitchell's novels are not particularly easy but they are intriguing. Ghostwritten is a series of stories involving widely disparate characters living through a variety of life events that are all connected in some small, or large, way. A terrorist act in Japan by a devoted cult member reminiscent of the Sarin attack in a Tokyo subway connects with a vintage jazz record store sales clerk to an old woman with a tea shack through a crooked lawyer and a disc jockey among others. The stories and vignettes travel from Japan through China, Mongolia, Russia, England, and the U.S. While reading I would frequently wonder how the subsequent section would connect to the previous ones. It is intriguing and yes, there are ghosts.