A Face at the Window

A Face at the Window

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After sending their only daughter off to boarding school, Cookson Selway and his wife, Ellen, travel to London to escape their empty, echoing house. But their quiet hotel has guests other than those on the register, and a vacation intended to distract them from the present instead becomes a chilling confrontation with the past. Selway, an escapist with an alcoholic history and a gift for prescience, is drawn into a series of encounters with the ghost of a young girl who died in a fall from the same hotel sixty years earlier. Gradually, the shadowy rooms and characters of her life - and the nightmarish circumstances of her death - grow more real to him than those of this own, and he relishes the chance to move from his lackluster reality into her troubled history. Selway's wife looks on helplessly, then hopelessly, as her husband withdraws into a darkness whose inhabitants she cannot see or touch. Their marriage begins to crumble, and suddenly the lives of those around them are also in great jeopardy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0767901304
  • 9780767901307

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After sending their only daughter off to boarding school, Cookson Selway and his wife, Ellen, travel to London to escape their empty house. But their quiet hotel has guests other than those on the register, and the vacation turns into a journey not only to another city but to another time. As Selway is drawn into a series of mysterious encounters with a young girl who died in a fall from his hotel window sixty years earlier, the characters of her life become more real to him than those of his own. An escapist with an alcoholic history, he secretly relishes the chance to move from his lackluster reality into the high drama of the girl's past. But as he begins to do so, he jeopardizes his marriage and the lives of those around him, and the consequences of his escape are far greater than he could ever have imagined. In a novel that is by turns comic, terrifying, and tragic, Dennis McFarland delivers a fascinating story of a haunted man's spiritual awakening.show more

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"The New York Times" hailed "School for the Blind" as "an accomplished novel--the language soars." "The Chicago Tribune" called the novel "an evocative, haunting story--beautifully constructed and told." "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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171 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 12% (20)
4 29% (49)
3 37% (63)
2 16% (27)
1 7% (12)
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