Press Release: The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick

PRESS RELEASE: THE GHOST NOTEBOOKS BY BEN DOLNICK, Pantheon

Ben Dolnick’s forthcoming novel THE GHOST NOTEBOOKS is on sale from Pantheon today! At once wonderfully creepy and deeply moving, this book is a “compelling mix of love story, detective story, and ghost story” (Booklist) as a young couple, newly engaged, become live-in caretakers of a historic museum.

When Nick Beron and Hannah Rampe decide to move to the tiny upstate town of Hibernia, New York, they aren’t running away, exactly, but they need a change. Their careers have flatlined, the city is exhausting, and they’ve reached a relationship stalemate. Hannah takes a job as live-in director of the Wright Historic House, a museum dedicated to an obscure nineteenth century philosopher, and she and Nick move into the old, creaky house. But as summer turns to fall Hannah begins to have trouble sleeping, and she hears whispers in the night. One morning Nick wakes up to find Hannah gone. Now, in his frantic search for her he will discover the hidden legacy of Wright House: a man driven wild with grief, and a spirit aching for home.

Ben Dolnick’s work has appeared in GQ, The New York Times, and on NPR.


Praise for THE GHOST NOTEBOOKS

“For all its curiosity about things that go bump in the night, the most notable features in The Ghost Notebooks are its qualities of light. Ben Dolnick’s charm, lucidity, and insight will come as no surprise to his growing group of fans. Count me one of them.” —Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire

“In this compelling mix of love story, detective story, and ghost story, [Dolnick] takes a haunting look at what might follow life.”—Booklist

“Hannah loses her job and applies to be live-in caretaker of the Wright Historic House upstate. She and her fiancé Nick leave Astoria with dreams of a simpler, reinvigorated relationship. And then Hannah disappears. This Brooklyn author delivers an affecting and original take on love, loss and grief in assured writing that is both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes in the same sentence.” —AM New York’s “Must-Read Books in 2018”

“Dolnick’s immersive novel, about how little people know about their loved ones, adds a supernatural element to that topic…. Nick’s convincing narration, a chronicle of blind spots and good intentions, is chief among the devices Dolnick deploys to give familiar motifs a contemporary sensibility in this ghost tale, love story, mystery, and bildungsroman.”—Publishers Weekly

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