Thursday, March 09, 2006

Beating Heart: A Ghost Story by A.M. Jenkins

A young girl's spirit inhabits the house where Evan, his sister Libby, and his mother move to. Evan doesn't like the house because it is strange and foreign to him. After a few weeks there he has dreams of having sex with a young, beautiful girl, but he doesn't know who she is. Then one day the workmen who are fixing up the house find a box with newspaper clippings, photos, and letters in it. The story is about a young girl who died in the house in 1897. Evan realizes that the girl in the photos is the same girl that is in his dreams. The ghost of the girl tells the reader how she dies, at the same time Evan's relationship with his girlfriend Carrie starts to get rocky. Eventually she leaves Evan because she thinks all he wants is sex when they see each other. Then the ghost of the girl sees that all she has to do is let go of the past and she will go into the light.

Tom Burnham

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