Wednesday, June 27, 2012
You Came Back by Christopher Coake
I'm not one for ghost stories, but I love an Ohio connection and Christopher Coake got his MFA in fiction at The Ohio State University, so You Came Back is set in Columbus. He mentions German Village, and Short North and even Hocking Hills, so I felt very comfortable with the setting. I did not feel comfortable with the subject matter because the loss of a child, even in a fictional setting, is unfathomable for me. Mark Fife's young son Brendan died after fall in their home and, although the loss results in Mark's divorce from Brendan's mother, he has moved on and found love again. This happiness is interrupted when the woman who lives in the home where Brendan died seeks Mark out to tell him his son "came back". I am uncomfortable with the notion of spirits and mediums, but I stayed up late one summer's night reading until I knew how this compelling story would unfold.