Wolff tells her characters’ stories through alternating chapters with Klara recounting her childhood in interview sessions with Jenni. While there is a neatness to the similarities between Jenni and Klara’s stories – they both lost a brother – the sections in the past made for the more compelling story. Wolff excels when describing Klara’s life in Java; the exotic landscape and the gradual unfolding of war. Readers will get a real sense of the everyday suffering of those contained in Japanese internment camps during this time and it’s clearly a thoroughly researched novel.
The two main characters are truly likeable, both struggling with guilt from their past but finally able to overcome it through their unexpected friendship. This is a story exploring endurance, survival and the ongoing nature of grief.
Ghostwritten is a beautifully written novel with real heart.
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