1. 4/5
    Told in the first person, Felix Funicello is a film professor and leads a weekly movie club. The movie club is held in the restored Garde Theatre, a former vaudeville venue that is rumored to be haunted by ghosts. Funicello refuses to believe those ghosts stories—that is until he encounters the ghost of Lois Weber. Weber was a former American silent screen actress, producer and director. Breaking ground for women in films, she is today largely forgotten.
  2. 3/5
    There are aspects of this domestic drama that have wide appeal and significance: dysfunctional family, mental health problems, grief, secrets, communication breakdowns, and regret. But, redemption was advertised too transparently, and at every turn, so any tension that was attempted lost steam before it even got going. This is a book that thinks for you, and with a sweeping and reductive grasp of legitimacy.
  3. 4/5
    There is film trivia galore mixed in with family secrets focused on the many females in Felix’s life. He now has a daughter Aliza, a writer for New York magazine who is in the throes of her writing career, learning to play the game. She exposes her dad to current vernacular and culture, like consensual multi-partner relationships. He teaches her about the Miss Rheingold contest. Aliza’s blog at the end of the novel is more than enlightening.