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Debut Novel More Than Ghost Story
Date of Review: 
Jul.13.2008
Published Work: 
Reviewer: 
Kevin Walker
Source: 
Tampa Tribune

"In his first novel, Doug Dorst provides an excellent example of how a new group of writers with literary aspirations are adept at mixing high and low culture into novels that are as entertaining as they are insightful. Dorst takes a story about a prototypical slacker and turns it into something fairly profound, an investigation of relationships between lovers, friends and, always lurking in the background, fathers and sons. It's also a memorable look at the corroding effects of obsession. All that, plus a ripping ghost story....

Dorst not only manages to weave these seemingly disparate threads into a satisfying whole, he also explores complexity of relationships in a way that your average ghost story thriller is not even going to touch."