Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella | GGP Online Book Club | Tue. Sep. 22 @ 7 PM PDT


September 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Please join us on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7 PM PDT for a GGP Online Book Club discussion of Francesca Serritella's new novel, GHOSTS OF HARVARD.

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Staff Reviews


Have you ever started a book in bed then looked at the clock and discovered you've been reading for two hours?

It happened to me last night; I began reading Francesca Serritella's GHOSTS OF HARVARD.

GHOSTS OF HARVARD is the perfect combination of family saga, psychological thriller, and mystery. Serritella introduces Cady Archer, a young woman entering her freshman year at Harvard. It would be perfect but she has a "ghost" haunting her. The prior spring her older brother, Eric, died from an apparent suicide. Cady decides to get to the bottom of what really happened, what follows will keep you up reading all night!

— Kathleen



TEEN VOGUE BOOK CLUB PICK • A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices.

“A rich, intricately plotted thriller . . . Serritella, who is a Harvard grad herself, writes about the campus with an insider’s savvy.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

“Every time I thought I knew where Ghosts of Harvard was heading, I turned out to be wrong. Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this novel is all entertainment.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult
Cadence Archer arrives on Harvard’s campus desperate to understand why her brother, Eric, a genius who developed paranoid schizophrenia took his own life there the year before. Losing Eric has left a black hole in Cady’s life, and while her decision to follow in her brother’s footsteps threatens to break her family apart, she is haunted by questions of what she might have missed. And there’s only one place to find answers.
As Cady struggles under the enormous pressure at Harvard, she investigates her brother’s final year, armed only with a blue notebook of Eric’s cryptic scribblings. She knew he had been struggling with paranoia, delusions, and illusory enemies—but what tipped him over the edge? Voices fill her head, seemingly belonging to three ghosts who passed through the university in life, or death, and whose voices, dreams, and terrors still echo the halls. Among them is a person whose name has been buried for centuries, and another whose name mankind will never forget.
Does she share Eric’s illness, or is she tapping into something else? Cady doesn’t know how or why these ghosts are contacting her, but as she is drawn deeper into their worlds, she believes they’re moving her closer to the truth about Eric, even as keeping them secret isolates her further. Will listening to these voices lead her to the one voice she craves—her brother’s—or will she follow them down a path to her own destruction?

About the Author

Francesca Serritella is the New York Times bestselling author of a nine-book series of essay collections co-written with her mother, bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, and based on “Chick Wit,” their Sunday column in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won multiple awards for her fiction, including the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize. Ghosts of Harvard is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780525510369
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Published: Random House - May 5th, 2020


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