The Saturday Night Ghost Club

Craig Davidson. Penguin, $16 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-0-14-313393-3
Davidson’s well-crafted, whimsical coming-of-age tale (after Cataract City) follows a fateful summer in the ’80s. Twelve-year-old Jake Baker navigates between being bullied and exploring mysticism in his Niagara Falls hometown. The sleepy town is stagnant aside from tourists, and impressionable Jake doesn’t have many prospects for the summer aside from visiting the occult shop owned by his Uncle Calvin, who believes in the spirit world. Calvin encourages friendship between his nephew and new residents Billy Yellowbird and his sister, Dove, and invites them to a ghost hunting club. Jake is smitten by Dove, who, at 14, flits in and out of the club, while Jake and Billy raptly follow Calvin and his friend, Lexington, a devotee to Betamax, on weekend exploits. The meetings kick off with Calvin telling the tragic story behind each of the ghostly places they visit before they investigate the areas. Their group visits “The Screaming Tunnel,” a car accident site, the charred remains of a house, and a graveyard. Over the course of the summer, the hidden connection behind the locations reveals itself to Jake. Davidson creates a quirky landscape and colorful characters, resulting in a novel that will entertain readers while providing a nice dose of nostalgia. Agent: Kirby Kim, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (July)
Reviewed on : 05/01/2019
Release date: 07/09/2019
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 272 pages - 978-0-7352-7482-2
Book - 978-0-525-50572-3
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-7352-7484-6
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