The Ghostwritersby Mickey J. Corrigan
A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend
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She's funny, cynical, and kinda crazy, but she knows how to tell a story.
A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy's head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets--dark secrets. Secrets she's been keeping from herself.
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This book takes place in NYC and is about a writer, Jacy who is struggling and battling a troubled past, a dysfunctional family, and mental illness. Jacy channels the ghost of recently deceased writer JD Balinger who requests she help him write the sequel to his book, “The Watcher in the Sky.” There is no glitz and glamour in this book. The author, Mickey J. Corrigan, tells it like it is and doesn’t hold back. Jacy’s life is not pretty; but with each page we delve deeper into her issues and leave with a better understanding of these complicated layers. I loved how descriptive this book was written. There was such detail that it was easy to picture the scenes and locations. I have never been to NYC, but after reading this book it was hard not to feel like you were actually there watching the story unfold. I loved the mystery and suspense of this book and found myself sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened. This book was very engaging and filled with so many different dynamics that it kept you fully entertained the whole way through. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in an exciting, intriguing, edgy, psychological book filled with grit, mystery, humor, suspense, and so much more! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Jacy’s life was going into the crap hole…until she met him that one drunken night. “Jacy McMaster. J.C. McMaster. Author of no books, McMaster of none. Of course I know your name.” (10) How could this strange, old man know she was struggling to publish a novel? “If JD actually knew everything about me, well then, he already knew I was a terrific liar. A pathological liar and a thief. A cheat and a failure. A cheap date with a bad attitude and too much school debt. He knew I was desperate. That was probably what drew him to me. He could smell it on me.” (10) “You don’t get a visit from a dead celebrity every day, kiddo. Famous author bearing gifts? Free pass to a future of fame and fortune? This is a once in a lifetime, my girl.” (12) An offer she can’t refuse? Writing a guaranteed bestseller? “I get you, see. I do. I totally get it. You have an active mind. You love to escape reality. You’re inventive, a dreamer. You may even toy with the idea that you, too, could be a writer. You’re pretty sure that, if you were to take up the novelist’s pen, it wouldn’t take too long until you were invited for a live chat with Oprah. Or NPR. Charlie Rose. After all, you have amazing ideas. The journey from here to bestseller, how far can it be? All you need, really, is a good computer program with editing software and a couple of vacation weeks. You’d sit right down and just do it. Hack out the whole damn thing. Instant bestseller. Right?” (13) But what the hell, right? Jacy’s life suddenly makes a 180 as she writes the sequel to a beloved novel with the help of a famous ghost. The character literally speaks to you and knows exactly how you feel. Dialogue was refreshingly candid and relatable. Jacy is a flawed and cynical character—you can practically call her a grungy curmudgeon. But she still has a soft spot for the written word, which rooks into this book project. Readers will want to root for her and slap her silly at the same time. You’ll love her! The goal: writing the book. Of course, the two clash constantly, kicking and squalling like baby animals, but with no bloodshed. How could there be bloodshed? We’re dealing with a dead guy here. In fact, one might actually consider if the ghostwriters will, indeed, finish this great novel. And will it be everything it was promised? One must find out! Story is full of mystery, humor, and irony! A must-read for fans of Catcher and the Rye. An enthralling read from beginning to end! *I received a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Jacy is on a massive downward spiral. She works at a microbrewery and spends her free time getting drunk. Her dream is to be a famous, published author but so far she's got nothing written. This is the story of two men who turn her life around. Sick, twisted, hilarious and hopeful are all appropriate terms for this book. This is the story of her strange journey to becoming a best selling author and what happens next. It is even more the story of what happens when someone can't continue on the path they are stumbling, including traveling a path of mental illness. The author's style is enjoyably readable and makes things that are truly heartbreaking bearable to read. she cares about her characters and you will too. I did accept a copy of this book to review.
I enjoyed reading "The Ghost Writers" by Mickey J. Corrigan. The story ended up going in a different path and not being what i thought it would be about, but I did like the direction it took. There were different themes woven together to create a multi-leveled story in less than 200 pages, and I found that impressive. I'll be honest - it took me a few chapters to get into the book and really become engaged. When we first see our main character Jacy, she's a total train-wreck - an alcoholic with no real direction in life and a bad attitude. It was hard to sympathize with her at first, and since the book is written in first person, it was difficult to be fully interested for awhile. But thankfully the tone changed a bit as more events, problems, and questions were introduced, and it became a very enjoyable read. The book is called "The Ghost Writers" as in plural. I thought this was a fun play on words since Jacy is ghostwriting a book for a dead author, a "ghost writer". It was little clever tidbits like this that made me really enjoy Corrigan's writing. There was also some great overall themes, commentary, and quotes sprinkled in. For instance, I immediately highlighted and copied something that JD says to Jacy early on, "Let go of the chokehold on your subconscious mind. Set free what's in there - unknown worlds, uncensored words, the excitement of uncontrolled writing. Stop strangling the voice inside you. Let it become your own without beating it senseless and rolling it up in a rug." I found it to be some good and profound advice. This is definitely a book I would recommend.
Jacy is an author that never got far. She has a lot of baggage and copes by denial, drinking and sleeping with guys she picks up in the bars. One day she is approached by a man that wants her to channel him and write a follow up to his book, The Watcher in the Sky. The man is JD Balinger, recently deceased author and once of Jacy’s favorites. Besides writing the story, JD is also helping Jacy deal with her past. But her present boyfriend can’t understand the idea of the ghost in her head and doesn’t want to play her games, even if she is trying to have a fresh start. This is my first book of Mickey Corrigan’s that I have read and I just loved it. There is so much detail that you can’t help but feeling right there in the scene. Jacy clearly has some serious issues along with horrible coping skills. It was easy to get drawn into Jacy’s story with the little bread crumbs sprinkled about that come together nicely. This is a dark contemporary romance with a gritty look at lives we don’t normally think about. It is a great story. I will definitely be reading other books by Mickey Corrigan. I received The Ghostwriter for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
3 1/2 STARS! A quirky, fast read … several surprises await you as you delve into this book, and after all is said and done, it left me feeling a bit cheated of a meaningful plot. Jacy McMasters finds herself channeling a dead author to create a hopefully successful follow-up to his previous masterpiece. JD Balinger helps her get past some of the abuse she has been putting her body through and makes her focus on actually getting words on paper for a change. She meets a new guy … a nice guy for a change … and starts to date him. She tries not to screw it up too much with her past behavior, but she can’t figure out what the truth is that he keeps hinting at that she revealed to him the night she met him while in a drunken stupor. We stumble across the dark past of Jacy’s family life, and watch what she goes through to accept the reality of it all.
Mickey Corrigan is my favorite contemporary author and with good reason. Her literary style is so vivid I can see rooms I’ve never been in, cities I am not familiar with and people I have never met. In The Ghostwriters, her latest novel, Corrigan shows us mental illness from the point of view of a woman who is functioning badly in life and coping in the only was she knows how, denial and illusion. I think these are fine coping mechanisms and have used them myself many times. They help you to get through life until you can face an overwhelming reality. However, when you add heavy drinking and other self-destructive behaviors as our protagonist does, then as one would say, “you need help”. Jacy, one of our ghostwriters, decidedly does not get the help that she needs. She shows us that yes we are all alone, we can exist in a variety of alternate worlds, reality is not all it is cracked up to be, and that in the end you are the only one who can take a stand in your life, break the patterns and find your bliss. One has to wonder about the author’s own reality. She knows her characters so intimately, that they stand before us fully fleshed individuals. Their inner voices and dialogues never show inconsistencies. I read the book in two sittings – I began late one evening and at 2:00 am with forty pages left, I had to save the rest until the next morning, which was difficult to do. I suggest you begin reading early in the day, because you will not be able to put it down. I wish I could listen to ghosts the way Jacy does, but in truth what I really wish for is to hear and let myself be open to my own inner voice. I would love to see this novel as a full length movie, not because I think that it would be better as a movie, (I’ve already seen it in my mind), but because it will bring this innovative look at the madness that is us to a wider audience. We have become a society of non-readers. Some still read, but even they might have trouble finding this gem among all of the words that are thrown their way everyday. JD wrote a classic, Jacy wrote a best seller and Mickey Corrigan has written a novel that reflects a way out of madness for us all and a must read.