The Saturday Night Ghost Club

The Saturday Night Ghost Club

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE: An infectious and heartbreaking novel from "one of this country's great kinetic writers" (Globe and Mail)—Craig Davidson's first new literary fiction since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted Cataract CityWhen neurosurgeon Jake Baker operates, he knows he's handling more than a patient's delicate brain tissue—he's altering their seat of consciousness, their golden vault of memory. And memory, Jake knows well, can be a tricky thing.When growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City—a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place—one of Jake's closest confidantes was his uncle Calvin, a sweet but eccentric misfit enamored of occult artefacts and outlandish conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turned twelve, Calvin invited him to join the "Saturday Night Ghost Club"—a seemingly light-hearted project to investigate some of Cataract City's more macabre urban myths. Over the course of that life-altering summer, Jake not only fell in love and began to imagine his future, he slowly, painfully came to realize that his uncle's preoccupation with chilling legends sprang from something buried so deep in his past that Calvin himself was unaware of it.By turns heartwarming and devastating, written with the skill and cinematic immediacy that has made Craig Davidson a star, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a bravura performance from one of our most remarkable literary talents: a note-perfect novel that poignantly examines the fragility and resilience of mind, body and human spirit, as well as the haunting mutability of memory and story.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780735274839
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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liljables Jan 02, 2019

My cousin was lucky enough to attend the Writers Trust Gala this year, at which he received a signed copy of The Saturday Night Ghost Club from Craig Davidson, who was seated at his table! My gem of a cousin was kind enough to have the book signed for me and sent it my way.

This was my first Craig Davidson book - I'm a bit sheepish to admit that I omitted Precious Cargo from my Canada Reads reading last year - and I'm happy to report that it was delightful. It's a bit spooky/unsettling, as the title might suggest, but definitely not a horror or thriller novel (which Davidson writes under the name Nick Cutter, incidentally). The Saturday Night Ghost Club is full of nostalgia and Canadiana, and I really identified with Jake, the pre-teen hero who'd rather be learning about the natural (or supernatural) than playing sports with his bullies. Think Stranger Things but more literary and less terrifying.

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