In this page-turning and affecting fiction debut, a Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices….
Cadence Archer arrives on Harvard’s campus searching for answers about her brother, a schizophrenic genius who leapt from his dorm room window the year before. Eric’s brilliance overshadowed Cady growing up, but she worshipped and adored him–even as he became more unstable, retreating deeper into his secretive work on multidimensional spacetime and isolating himself from everyone around him. Losing Eric has left a black hole in Cady’s life, and while her choice to walk the same path threatens to break her family apart, she is driven to know why Eric killed himself.
As Cady struggles under the enormous pressure that comes with being at Harvard, she begins to investigate her brother’s life on campus. What was it that caused Eric to spiral into an irretrievable madness–the paranoia, the delusions, the illusory enemies–after he had been doing so well? Soon, her prying turns up clues that grow increasingly sinister.
And then, as her suspicions mount, Cady begins to hear voices herself: three ghosts that walked the hallowed halls of Harvard, each from a different era of American history. That’s when the panic sets in. Does she share Eric’s illness, or are these voices real? And if she listens to these ghosts, will they lead to her brother–and the truth–or will they lead her down a path of her own destruction?
“Ghosts of Harvard is written with a masterly, focused hand, belying the fact that this is Serritella’s debut novel. The pages burn with frenetic energy and are peopled by memorable, compelling characters. The tension is palpable, the twists and surprises perfectly timed and the stakes as high as humans should be asked to endure. The end result, a novel you will long remember and characters you will want to see again. A triumph in every respect.”
— #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci
“Wow, what a lively, compelling, and intoxicating debut. Ghosts of Harvard is so many things—a rumination on grief, a glimpse behind the ivory walls of a famous institution, a poignant look at mental illness, and a powerful story about the ghosts that haunt us all. Francesca Serritella is my new ‘go-to’ author.”
— #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“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
“Ghosts of Harvard is a wrenchingly beautiful book. With immense heart and unwavering empathy, Francesca Serritella explores the legacy of loss and the mystery of family. It’s one of those rare novels that spirits you to a deeper understanding of your own life, one of those stories whose voice you’ll continue to hear long after you’ve turned the last page.”
— Bret Anthony Johnston, internationally bestselling author of Remember Me Like This
“Serritella has created a sensitive and searching tale about the courage and fortitude of a smart young woman in mourning and in peril.”
“There are not too many young writers with the assurance and skill to craft 469 pages of mesmerizing prose. It should be an easy hand sell.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
“A book as generous in size as in the richly drawn characters in the dramatic, slow-burning story that leads to a stunning revelation (actually two) against a backdrop of Harvard University. This is a remarkable and assured first novel.”
— Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen
“Unexpected twists and turns make this unputdownable.”
— Susan Kehoe, Browseabout Books
“I could not put this novel down and read for 2 days straight only taking “breaks” to sleep and eat. Absolutely outstanding and a novel that will stay with me FOREVER!!! Serritella has written a novel that I will put in the hands of every reader I see.”
— Marissa Gothie, Barnes & Noble
“It’s tight, it’s fresh and it’s a very accomplished debut novel.”
— Carol Fitzgerald, Bookreporter.com