Description: One of the most admired American writers of the last two decades, Jonathan Carroll writes ghost fiction the way Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Shirley Jackson used to write it, deeply imbedded in the social surround, but in a slick style closer to F. Scott Fitzgerald's.
And so his fiction has found a receptive readership in America, particularly among the devotees (and writers) of fantasy and supernatural fiction. In those circles he is a cult favorite. He is a winner of the World Fantasy Award. His last novel published as fantasy was the stunning, masterful Bones of the Moon. Now he returns with The Marriage of Sticks.
In her thirties, Miranda Romanec has an interesting, successful life. But she is also alone and adrift-in certain essential ways lost in the middle of it. At her high school reunion she discovers a shattering fact that further undermines her already shaky sense of who she is and where she is going. Then miraculously she meets the remarkable Hugh Oakley and her life does a 180-degree turn for the better. But everything has its price, and the consuming love affair with already-married Hugh begins to take a bitter emotional toll.
When they move to a house in the country to start a new life together, the reality Miranda had once known begins to slip away the moment she walks in the door the first time. It is quickly replaced by alarming, impossible visions and strangers she somehow feels she knows but couldn't possibly because they are all from other times and places. Other lives utterly alien to her own begin to affect her and all that she loves. But that is just the beginning of Miranda's odyssey, because sometimes the worst thing that can happen to us is finding out who we really are.