Featured Book: Ghost Songs by Regina McBride

imagesAdvance praise for GHOST SONGS, by Regina McBride

“Moving back and forth in time, McBride ponders her memories of

growing up and floundering into adulthood. Visited by ghosts she tries to deny, she embraces her heritage and travels to Ireland in search of a way to put her father’s spirit to rest. She repeatedly returns to images and memories of her parents—happy, furious, disappointed, and damaged. Clearly, no one came out of that household alive, not really, and this memoir of survival is even more about reinvention than reflecting on the past. Harrowing, sincere, and unforgettable.



“[A] soul-wrenching memoir. [A] powerful depiction of a teenager understanding the complexity of newfound adult responsibility, poverty, and her parents’ identities, while coming to terms with the trauma of loss and her encounters with the miraculous.”

–Publisher’s Weekly


“Harrowing yet beautiful, the book is not only an exploration of the interplay between memory and imagination. It is also an eloquent meditation on the painful burdens of the past that parents bequeath their children. A wrenchingly lyrical memoir of family and tragedy.



“McBride resists a cohesive, comforting narrative, instead relating snippets of memory. She does not speculate expansively on her parents’ inner lives, nor interpret the actions of others. Her remembrances stand alone, giving the book an epistolary quality. As McBride wades through her grief, flashbacks of events and images from her youth must now be viewed through the lens of her parents’ suicides. [A] beautifully rendered work.”

–Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)




Tuesday, October 11th, 6 pm

Albuquerque, New Mexico


4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Thursday, October 13th, 5:30pm

Santa Fe, New Mexico


157 Paseo de Peralta

Tuesday, October 18th, 7pm

New York City

Book Culture

536 West 112th Street

(A reading and a conversation with Rita Gabis)

Thursday, October 20th, 7pm

New York City


85 East 4th Street

The Red Room, via New York Writer’s Workshop

(Reading with Rita Gabis and Susan Daitch)

Friday, October 28th, 7pm


Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

(Reading with Margot Livesey)