This is most definitely a ghost story, but just as definitely is not about “ghosts” as they ordinarily come to mind.
Instead of visitations of disembodied spirits, Maryland psychologist-turned-novelist Michael Mil- graum addresses wounded spirits — and the ghosts he refers to are those of our past, even our ancestral, experiences.
Post-traumatic stress and its attendant psychological complications can come from any number of unfortunate events in our past — abuse or neglect as children, sexual abuse, encounters with excessive grief or violence.
These legacies of past trauma — ghosts, if you will — can be stubbornly destructive forces in people’s lives. They can very literally ruin lives.
But they can also be overcome.