A haunting, superbly intelligent memoir about literary codependency that goes to the heart of the psychology of writing itselfIn the early eighties, Jennie Erdal was hired by a flamboyant British publisher she calls Tiger to be his specialist editor A haunting, superbly intelligent memoir about literary codependency that goes to the heart of the psychology of writing itself
In the early eighties, Jennie Erdal was hired by a flamboyant British publisher she calls Tiger to be his specialist editor for Russian books. By degrees he co-opted her time and loyalty, to the point where she ended up becoming his ghostwriter for a huge nonfiction book on women, two glossy novels, and hundreds of newspaper columns, all published under his own name. She also wrote any number of his love letters. With often ironic directness and quiet comedy, Erdal relates how she became seduced into this peculiar job. On the way she makes fascinating excursions into her own private history, from vivid evocations of her Scottish Presbyterian childhood to moving observations on being an abandoned wife and lone parent to piercing insights into the very nature of literary creation.
One of the smartest books about writing in years, Ghosting is a tour de force in which the author renders both Tiger and herself as compelling characters, connected to each other by a strange symbiosis. Their interaction is bizarre and also quite spooky; in the end this is a book about the very nature of identity, literary and otherwise. For anyone interested in the story behind how stories are written and published, Ghosting will be that rare gem: a book that tells us just as much about why authors write as it does about the author’s life. ...Continua Nascondi
See my review of "Ghost" by Robert Harris, a tale of ghostwriting a political memoir of a politician, for comparison with this moving non-fiction memoir of a true-life professional ghost-writer http://goo.gl/F687S