ENCOUNTERS WITH THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Marilynne K. Roach

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE INVISIBLE WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Roach's literary reworking of traditional material from New England sources mixes artifice and oral inflection to diverting effect. The purported happenings in the ten supernatural tales are common to early American folklore: a murdered man's ""Ghost in the Shed"" pesters the new owners of the home where he's buried; a stingy businessman finds himself no bargaining match for the devil; a boastful young blood fares better (perhaps) in a horserace with the same suave opponent. And the citizens of Granville are pricked by an old woman's account of her dream (?) in which she's barred from both heaven--as no one from Granville can enter--and hell, as it's already overcrowded with her townsfolk. Many of the encounters are related as if by an oldtimer sharing local lore with a stranger, and indeed it takes that on-the-spot, in-person validation to fully impart their superstitious allure. But lacking that, Roach offers a nicely tuned script for reading alone or aloud.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1977
Publisher: T. Y. Crowell