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The Saturday Night Ghost Club
The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel | Craig Davidson
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An infectious novel from literary master craftsman Craig Davidson--the first major new work of literary fiction since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted novel Cataract City. A charismatic cast of misfits, losers, and bruisers animate this winning novel set in Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City--a slightly seedy, slightly magical, slightly haunted place, where seemingly ordinary lives are steeped in secrets, desires, troubled histories, and the occasional splash of mayhem. Like Ilium, New York, in the novels of Kurt Vonnegut, or Castle Rock, New England, in the fiction of Stephen King--or even Hawkins, Indiana, in the Netflix sensation Stranger Things, Cataract City is an invented world where lost innocence mingles with the darker shades and sharper corners of humanity. Saturday Night Ghost Club is a short, irresistible, and bittersweet coming-of-age story about a small group of kids who, under the leadership of an eccentric uncle, spend one summer investigating the validity of local ghost stories and macabre urban myths--in almost every instance getting in way over their heads. With warmth, skill, and striking, cinematic imagery, and a rare gift for conjuring totally original, unexpected, and unforgettable set pieces and tableaus that strike the reader as immediately iconic--Davidson draws us into his gritty world, reminding us that life's strange intensity and occasional magic is all around us.
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kyraleseberg
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A bittersweet coming-of-age story full of Bradbury-esque nostalgia! Jake's twelfth summer is spent investigating local ghost stories but the truth he finds is more haunting than he could ever suspect. A powerful look at the mysteries of childhood and memory.

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kyraleseberg
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So excited about today's book mail!! 😍

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kyraleseberg
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Ahhhh I'm so excited-- I won another Goodreads giveaway! This is definitely going to be a perfect summer read 📖🤗

mcipher Yay, congrats!!! 4w
Princess-Kingofkings Congratulations! 🎉 4w
kyraleseberg @mcipher @Princess-Kingofkings Thank you both!! ☺️ 4w
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TheLudicReader
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#sorrynotsorry
I did not need to visit the bookstore today; however, 15% of my purchase supports my school‘s safe grad. So, like, what‘s a girl to do?

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everlocalwest
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A quick read that packs a heavy emotional punch. A nostalgia fueled, coming of age that will break your heart. Honestly, the plot is not what I need to sell you here; you are here for the characters, for relationships, for family truths, and friendship bonds. Davidson has crafted an excellent novel that moves through time to give us a look at that transition when you are not quite a kid anymore but there is still so much you can't understand.

Clwojick Eeeeeee! 😍😻 2mo
SarahHarts_books 😻😻love the kitty helper!! Makes a nice book holder!! 😸😸 2mo
everlocalwest @SarahHarts_books he makes a pretty good prop when he stays still long enough! 😻 2mo
SarahHarts_books He's beautiful! Mine would never sit long enough for that! She is too sassy and has a bad additud.😸 Lol Your guy seems sweet! 😻 2mo
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mcctrish
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My sippy cup coffee beverage at book club tonight, we discussed The Marrow Thieves and picked The Saturday Night Ghost Club for May. I had an iced caramel cloud macchiato ( decaf) 👍🏻👍🏻

WhatWouldJaneDo That looks so tasty! 2mo
mcctrish It really is 2mo
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kwmg40
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Despite a late start to Dewey‘s #readathon, I‘ve managed to do 7 hours and 20 minutes of reading or listening to an audiobook so far.

I finished Craig Davidson‘s new book, which I highly recommend. It‘s a wonderful coming-of-age story, with elements of horror and some really beautiful passages.

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Courtneyjo_reads
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Guys, I finished reading this ARC from NetGalley and I absolutely loved it. This book had a super 1980‘s, stranger things vibe and I was loving it. Definitely recommended!

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StellaDz
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In the beginning, I wasn‘t sure where this was going. It seemed like a coming of age book, and I was slightly disappointed. I was prepared for a 3 star rating. Then chapter 6 happened 😲😳 omg talk about a book doing an about-face and really coming together. It‘s a book about growing up, family, facing your hurts and disappointments, and having a weekly club to sit around a bonfire and ask, ‘are you afraid of the dark?‘

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

monalyisha Ugghhh I want my hands on this one so bad! 4mo
StellaDz @monalyisha definitely worth it! I‘m kind of sad I did it through audiobook, because I really didn‘t like the guy reading it. Despite that, it was still fantastic! 4mo
monalyisha I NEED audiobooks because I commute but I‘m *so* picky about narrators. It‘s good to know this one doesn‘t fit the bill! 4mo
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StellaDz @monalyisha if where you get them from provides a sample, I‘d try it. He just sounded robotic to me. ☹️ 4mo
monalyisha @StellaDz It‘s cool. I‘ll just as happily read it in print. 😊 4mo
StellaDz @monalyisha good plan! It‘s definitely one that warrants it! 4mo
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StellaDz
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Excited to be starting this #audiobook, but not too excited about the narrator... he sounds like a robot. 😳#currentlylistening

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BookBelle84
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The description of this book doesn't do it justice. This was a great coming of age story that I found unique and interesting. I loved the flashbacks to his 12 year old life tied in with where he is now. Very well put together. An original!

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thereadingowlvina
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#qotd

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thereadingowlvina
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Cinfhen Glad the book still holds up ❤️ 4mo
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Melissa_J
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#DontHauntThisPlace Although without haunting ghosts to investigate, The Saturday Night Ghost Club would be a pretty boring club, don‘t you think?

I love the old school, library book design of this book‘s dust jacket.

#TimbitTunes #CanadianAuthor 🇨🇦

TheKidUpstairs Have you read this one? I keep almost picking it up at the library. 5mo
Cinfhen Seems like a book I would have liked as a younger reader. I enjoyed books about “clubs” and misfits (edited) 5mo
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PirateJenny
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You all need to wait a bit to read this book, but you should absolutely read it. It's a sweet, somewhat sad journey of a summer in a young boy's life. It's also a musing on the nature of memory and of one man's belief in ghosts.

I cannot put into words how this book made feel, which is basically everything. It turned in unexpected ways but in the best possible manner.

Alas no photo as the US cover isn't done

mcipher Heyyy!! Good to see you! Hope your office move went okay. Did you start the new season of Magicians yet!? I‘m saving it for this weekend. 😝 5mo
PirateJenny Hey!! The move went well, though I'm still adjusting. I watched The Magicians Thursday. Get ready for ALL the feels! 💖 5mo
mcipher So.. I‘ve been saving it and haven‘t started this new season yet. I was thinking tonight but now it‘s too late... but I might dive in anyway! 5mo
mcipher ALL THE FEELS. ELLIOT!!! Seriously, they‘re killing me. 4mo
PirateJenny omg, I KNOW 4mo
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reneelyons
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Craig Davidson continues to surprise in this work about the power and fragility of memory, and the lengths we go to to protect those we love. 4/5 stars.

Full Review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/book-review-the-saturday-night-...

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kyraleseberg
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*internal screaming*
I've been waiting for this to be released in the U.S. ever since I read Sadie's (Mother Horror) review!

Well-ReadNeck Sounds awesome! I guess I‘ll have to wait. Penguin never approves my requests 😖 5mo
kyraleseberg @Well-ReadNeck I rarely request from Penguin so I'm not sure if I'll be approved but my fingers are crossed! 5mo
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LA_Mead
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I am completely in love with this book!

BookBabe #Stacked! 🙌🏻 8mo
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Anton
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This book was not what I was expecting. Based on the title, cover art and dust jacket blurb, I thought I was getting a teens-battle-the-supernatural tale like Stranger Things or IT. Instead, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a touching coming of age story about a boy in Niagara Falls who explores supposedly haunted places in his hometown with his uncle and friends. It's sweet and sad and moving and I definitely recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Anton
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I traded out It for this book by Craig Davidson (aka Nick Cutter, author of the very icky The Troop and the so creepy I never finished it Little Heaven), which is totally a riff on It. The biggest difference so far (besides the much more manageable page count) is that the kids in question have a grown up on their side.

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BookishTrish
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Glorious fall #audiowalk

Cathythoughts Really glorious 💙💙💙 8mo
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thereadingowlvina
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I had a pretty good reading month on Sep. My favourites are:
💜 The Saturday Night Ghost Club - 5🌟
💜 The Silence - 4.75🌟
💜 Loot For The Taking 4🌟

❌ The Ghost Bride - DNF

Goodreads challenge: 94/100 😁

#sepwrapup #sep2018wrapup #goodreads #booksread

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thereadingowlvina
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I LOVED this book! It's a bittersweet & heartwarming coming-of-age story that made me laugh, teary-eyed & reminisced about my own childhood! Growing up in the 80s was awesome! If you like Stand By Me & Stranger Things, you'll enjoy this book!

Rating: 5🌟

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2520137660

#80s #literaryfiction #childhood

jillannjohn Sounds great. Stacked! 10mo
JoScho Sounds good and fun photo 💜 10mo
thereadingowlvina @jillannjohn Hope you enjoy the book! 😊 10mo
thereadingowlvina @JoScho Thanks! ❤ 10mo
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thereadingowlvina
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My current read. Took off the book jacket and found this adorable ghost on the spine. Isn't it cute? 😊💕

LittleBug I always check under the jacket, they hide some really nice surprises😊 And this is a really nice one!!👍🏼 10mo
thereadingowlvina @LittleBug Agree! 😊I have to remember to do that from now onwards 😁 10mo
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EMWF
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“This town‘s full of sorrows, isn‘t it?” Yesterday was publication day for this wonderful book! Craig Davidson will be at #emwf18 to read from his bittersweet coming-of-age story about a small group of kids and an eccentric uncle, who spend a summer in the 1980s investigating urban myths in Niagara Falls (a.k.a. Cataract City). Also, don't miss your chance to learn from him at our Writing Workshops on Saturday, September 8! bit.ly/2KoC7yf #canlit

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candority
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This is a fantastic, bittersweet coming-of-age story. It follows neurosurgeon Jake, as he recalls the summer he turned 12, which he spent with his eccentric Uncle Calvin and his first real friends.

This beautifully written book is filled with nostalgia, life lessons, and hard truths about growing up. Don‘t be fooled by the title or cover – this is not a horror story or a story about ghosts (except those that live within us). #netgalley #emwf18

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Reagan-reads
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MacGruber is as excited about this new beast as I am! Goodreads giveaways have all but disappeared, I don‘t know why, so I‘m pretty happy that I was won this! Plus, Canadian author 🍁 🇨🇦 🍁

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 11mo
LauraJ Good cat name! 11mo
Reagan-reads @LauraJ her sister is Dieter von Cunth 11mo
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