A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
(HarperCollins, 2015, 416 pages)
A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell is a novel about three, forty-something, Jewish sisters named Lady, Vee, and Delph. The sisters live together in a rent-controlled, family apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The year is 1999. Lady, Vee, and Delph decide that on December 31, 1999 they will all commit suicide. Suicide runs in the family so it is not something that they fear or take lightly. Before they die, the sisters decide to write a single suicide note and include the history of the family. The family history includes their Jewish great grandfather who invented the gas that was used in the gas chambers of concentration camps.
A Reunion of Ghosts was not a quick read for me. I found the premise interesting, but I didn’t really like (or dislike) the sisters. Although the sisters are billed as “wickedly funny”, I didn’t really see the humor. I think that I continued to read this book because it was well written and to find out if the sisters really do commit suicide. If you want to know what (if anything) happens to the sisters, you’ll have to read A Reunion of Ghosts.