Ida Mae Glick, a critically acclaimed filmmaker, has lived and taught in the small town of Willow Bend, New York for five years without drawing attention to her troubled past. But when she suffers a near fatal heart attack, the result of trying to live on the same meager rations as a group of homeless people she is filming, she winds up in intensive care under the scrutiny of a neurotic psychiatrist who believes she's unstable. To make matters worse, her mother's ghost has appeared at her bedside with old gripes, and her angry, estranged identical twin, Lisa, is heading toward town intent on having her committed. Ida Mae is desperate to escape with her freedom intact, but knows she'll have to get past her psychiatrist first. The only question is, can she? Shadows and Ghosts is Ida Mae's tale of artistic passion, fierce sibling rivalry, failed love affairs, substance abuse, and the magical redemptive power of cinema.
|Publisher:||Serving House Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)|
About the Author
Barbara Froman received early training in music at the Juilliard School's preparatory division before going on to earn degrees in Music Composition at Ithaca College and Northwestern University. She was the Director of Mundelein College's Creative Writing Program, taught Literature and Creative Writing at National-Louis University, and acted as a consultant to National's graduate program in Written Communication. She is the author of published essays and poetry, has placed in screenwriting competitions, and was nominated for a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe. She continues to compose music as well as work on a number of new writing projects.
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Would you question your own sanity if a deceased relative suddenly made their presence known to you? Ida Mae Glick surely did. Shadows and Ghosts is an intricate character-driven novel, which pulls the reader into its maze of unique characters and their relationships to one another. This book grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let go until the very last. In this story, Ida Mae Glick is an award winning film-maker who is passionate about her work and chooses to live among the homeless in order to gain their perspective on life for her new documentary film. Ida Mae decides it would be best to bunk with the homeless, sleeping on the barn floor and eating only enough food to survive. As a result, the group begins to trust her and one by one they share their story while Ida Mae films it. During her time with the homeless, Ida Mae suffers a cardiac arrest and is hospitalized; she not only receives medical care, but psychiatric as well. While talking with her neurotic psychiatrist Ida Mae struggled to keep her focus on their conversation; and not her deceased mother standing in the corner throwing out snippy remarks to her. Lisa, Ida Mae’s twin sister, is jealous of Ida Mae and tries to connive her way into getting Ida Mae committed. Lisa’s husband, however, aware of his wife’s jealous streak and mean manipulations advocates for Ida Mae as he has done many times before. Ida also has another champion- being her closest friend, Gloria, an ex-nun-turned-biker-chick. This imposing ex-nun takes it upon herself to lock little Miss Princess Lisa in an office for a “let’s get to know each other chat” and then leaves her to her husband a quivering mess. The story, although serious in nature, is very humorous. The characters are unique and fully developed, and the dialogue between them realistic and funny. I had some confusion when the author switched back and forth from past to present while also changing points of view. But, this, I believe, was just a formatting issue, easily rectified with some extra space between time periods and narrators. I found the storyline unique and the book magnificently written. I absolutely loved the dialogue between the two Jewish mothers, Edna and Judith and their daughters, Ida Mae, and Fern. I found the characters to be so fully developed by the author, that by the end of the book I felt like I not only knew them, but had a relationship with them. I was sad to have to say good-bye. I highly recommend giving this book a read. You won’t be disappointed. ~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover