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Mar052012

A Ghost at the Edge of the Sea, in 200 words or less

Will does not believe in an afterlife. Unfortunately, the afterlife seems to be fairly preoccupied with him.

Shortly after his father’s death, Will takes a teaching job Shanghai to leave his old life behind. And on his first day in his new country, Katherine Turner, his high school classmate, shows up. The only unusual thing is that she’s been dead for five years. She exists in a parallel Shanghai, a way station for wandering ghosts, and she wants Will’s help. He’d be ready to call the whole thing a hallucination, but she is eerily good at giving him accurate information about his family back home. That, and she’s seen his father.

With that, Will steps into an alternate world that exists alongside the constantly changing cosmopolitan cacophony that is modern Shanghai. He is desperate to find his father, but ghosts like Katherine don’t allow the living into their space without exacting a price. A GHOST AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA is a portrait of a young expatriate trying to find his feet in a tumultuous city, in spite of his own tumultuous past.

A GHOST AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA is represented by Levine Greenberg Literary Agency and is currently out on submission.