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A good storyteller — and R. B. Chesterton is quite a good storyteller — knows to lower her voice when she’s talking about ghosts. This author (who writes cozy mysteries under her real name, Carolyn Haines) reaches into the grave for the sepulchral tone in which she narrates THE DARKLING (Pegasus Crime), a moody tale about a sad town that comes to grief trying to relive its glittering past. During the 1940s, movie stars flocked to Coden, Ala., “where pleasure and vice could be indulged” in peace and for a price at the Paradise Inn. But by 1974, the pretty people are gone, the hotel is boarded up, and the locals have linked their dreams for the town’s rebirth to the Hendersons, a golden couple with three golden children. Having restored a grand house and raised hopes they might rescue the Paradise Inn, these California transplants spread more sunshine by taking in a homeless teenager and hiring a live-in tutor. That’s how Marie Bosarge (“You can call me Mimi”), the 21-year-old narrator, comes to witness the mysterious events in this spellbinding tale, offering eloquent evidence that Southern storytelling is indeed a very special art form.
Marilyn Stasio, in this weekend’s New York Times Book Review.
The New York Times: If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Richard Ford: A book of mine. What else? What am I, an altruist? He can choose which one.