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Shadows and Ghosts
Shadows and Ghosts
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  • Paperback
  • Dec.14.2011
  • 9780983828921

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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...
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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.

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Are there ever moments when some event causes you to think of  a scene from a favorite film? It happens to me all the time.  And it happens to Ida Mae Glick, in Shadows and Ghosts.  Her life is haunted by images, and because of that, she is driven to create her own, at times getting a little too close to her work....

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I began my early studies of music at the Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division, then received degrees in Music Composition from Ithaca College and Northwestern University. I've worked in advertising, directed the Creative Writing Program at Mundelein College, taught...

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Published Reviews

Feb.09.2012

Shifting between memory and reality, filmmaker Ida Mae Glick watches her world stagger into focus from the perspective of her hospital bed, as powerful truths emerge about her relationships with the people...

Feb.09.2012

This novel, winner of the First Book Contest sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University (and Serving House Books), delves into the "shadows" and "ghosts" of many relationships (sister-to-sister, daughter-...

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Dec.28.2013
Ida Mae is so passionate about her work as a filmmaker, her intensity lands her in the hospital after a heart attack.  Lisa, Ida Mae's...