No one tracks the emotional landscape of characters better than John Gardner.

—Toni Morrison

The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner is an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements.

Mickelsson’s Ghosts

Fiction by John Gardner

The final novel by John Gardner, Mickelsson’s Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania. What he encounters there are impassioned and shameless love affairs (one of which results in a regrettable pregnancy), a Mormon extremist cult, small town mythologies, the robbery of a robber, multiple murders, the ghosts of an incestuous family, Plato, and our hero’s own possible insanity.

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Paperback (published September 1, 2008)

ISBN
9780811216791
Price US
19.95
Price CN
22
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
610

John Gardner

20th century American author

No one tracks the emotional landscape of characters better than John Gardner.

—Toni Morrison