Marcus, in Gail Godwin’s new novel, Grief Cottage, recalls his friendship with Wheezer, whom he’d once beaten up at school because Wheezer had exposed Marcus’ shameful secret about his mom. Now Marcus, age 10, is an orphan. His dad has always been unknown to him; and his mom has just died in a car accident.
Relocated to his aunt’s beach house, Marcus, despite the safety of the place, finds himself in trouble. He’s communicating with a ghost. He’s having dreams about a non-existent older brother, whom his mom favors. He recalls the time his mom, a struggling survivor, had told him about hearing William Shatner’s song, “Has-Been,” on the radio.
Shatner’s 2002 prose-poem with Western-style back-up music is brilliant, as is the thinking-out-of-the box video that David Lovins has made for it.
You gotta see this, if you haven’t already: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPBt4IuQEbw
Gail will be talking about her new book in a conversation with me at Malaprop’s Book Store, 7 p.m., Wed., June 14. http://www.malaprops.com/event/gail-godwin-presents-grief-cottage-c...