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What if there was a ghost was haunting your house? What if you were the ghost?
Everything in Fay’s life is perfect—living in the house she dreamed of as a child, married to a man she loves, and planning her life as an artist, her life seems full of possibility. Then, late one night, Fay realizes that something has gone wrong.
Things have altered in the house and somehow time has gone on without her. Fay—who thought her life was on the verge of beginning—finds it has abruptly ended. There is a child in the house and her husband, who always said she was his one and only, has found someone new. And Fay comes to learn that sometimes the life you grieve may be your own.
This glimmering and darkly comedic novel explores both the domestic and the existential, delving into the dark heart of marriage and the meaning of a life.
SARA O’LEARY is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Comfort Me With Apples; a book of postcard stories, Wish You Were Here; and a number of critically acclaimed picture books, including This Is Sadie. She studied screenwriting at University of British Columbia and now teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.
“Sara O’Leary’s The Ghost in the House, riven by ambiguities and dissolutions, is a story of both love and profound solitude. Piercing, disorienting and tender.” —Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing
"Sorrowful, lovely and funny in equal parts, The Ghost in the House depicts overwhelming love in heartbreaking counterbalance with an inescapable loneliness." —Lynn Coady, author of Watching You Without Me
"Sara O'Leary opens the front of Fay's dollhouse life to examine love and grief as only she can, with a penetrating view of the smallest things that make us eternally loving, endlessly lonely and forever indelibly ourselves." —Marina Endicott, author of The Difference
"I so loved this deeply moving tale of loss and acceptance. A ghost stuck in her house, haunting her husband and his new family. (An extraordinary tale for these housebound times.)" —Edward Carey, author of Little
"The Ghost in the House is a beautiful reverie on how we live and love, a dream of a novel that left me stealing furtive glances at my loved ones, willing myself to appreciate them more and tell them so while we’re all still here. If you've lost someone you love, or wondered what it will feel like when it happens, O'Leary's ghost will haunt you—in the best way." —Jessica Francis Kane, author of Rules for Visiting
"A thirty-something ghost yearning for her life, a teenage girl toying with ending hers. Can they help each other to move on? This is the extraordinary premise of Sara O'Leary's The Ghost in the House, a novel written with such aching delicacy it will haunt you long after you’ve turned the final page." —Esta Spalding, author of The Fitzgerald-Trout series