A NovelBook - 2000
So begins After Life, a psychological suspense tale, set in a place that is a world of its own, out of time, & almost off the map. Born in New Orleans, Naomi Ash is raised by her mother, a medium who has schooled Naomi in parlor-trick quackery & the various methods used to tell customers what they most need to hear. A little magic, a little theatre, a little bending of the letter of the law lead mother & daughter to relocate hastily to Train Line--a strange, tiny hamlet of shabby, gingerbread-frilled cottages, card readers, table-levitators, "Message Services" dispensing advice to the desirous; low-rent "Psychic Faires" at the local Holiday Inn, & of course, "The Mother Galina Psychic Hour," (Naomi's mother's own radio enterprise). In this environment, Naomi Ash comes of age; comes to terms with her own nascent spiritual gifts--and begins to distinguish what might be her own true vision from fakery & fraud. Her skills pass the scrutiny of Train Line's Board, & she puts out a shingle of her own. Then, a young graduate student, Peter Morton, blows into town. And Naomi falls in love. Evocative, suspenseful & beautifully written, After Life introduces a truly original voice, utterly contemporary, but also a true storyteller in the classic sense.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2000.
Branch Call Number: FIC/Ellis 6173cg 1
Characteristics: 292 p.