A S Byatt (1936 ….)

The July Ghost

For those that like their ghost stokes straightforward, this won’t necessarily please. Is the ghost even real?  Ambiguity aside, Byatt does deal well with grief, and I liked the idea of the ghost being outside on a summer’s day.

Although I did enjoy Byatt’s prize winning novel Possession, I find her writing overly worked at times and this story was left me wondering what it was she was trying to convey.  I’m probably just missing the point and other will have enjoyed it more than I did.  You can’t win them all!.

Taken from The Penguin Book of Modern Women’s Short Stories (edited by Susan Hill (1990)