by Barbara (Cherry Hill): A Reunion of Ghosts is a novel of wordplay, dark comedy (tragedy, gloom, morbidity) and absurdity mixed with historical fiction. What a zany combination!
A series of coincidences prompts three sisters: Vee, Lady and Delph, the 4th generation of the Alter family, and the great-great granddaughters of Lorenz Otto Alter (roughly based on Fritz Haber, Jewish born, 1918 Nobel prize winner in chemistry who discovered processes to produce poison gas for chemical warfare, synthetic fertilizers and pesticide Zyklon) to join their sister, Vee, in a millennium suicide pact.
Despite the subject matter, the book has plenty of levity and historical facts. Around page 150, gets darker, gloomier, then picks up again, and much later in book some surprises.
Great topics for Bookclub discussions along with interesting characters and clever writing, tragedies of science and the coincidences of the universe.
Despite the core subject matter the book will leave you thinking … chuckling …but not crying.