Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

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4.7 X 7.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of THE MORROW PLOTS (Black Lawrence Press), SAGITTARIUS AGITPROP (Black Lawrence Press), Pot Farm (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press), WARRANTY IN ZULU (Barrow Street Press), and the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), and Aardvark (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others. He was born and raised in Illinois, and currently teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North. This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish-thimbleberry ice cream.
Matthew Gavin Frank reinvents the art of research in extraordinarily imaginative ways. His meditation on the briefly known and the forever unknowable courts lore (both family and creaturely), invites the fantastical, heeds fact, and turns the human drive to notate and list into a gesture of lyrical beauty.--Lia Purpura, author of On Looking and Rough Likeness
[A] slyly charming book-length essay... The connections between all these themes--giant squids, Poppa Dave, ice cream--are fragile, but for the most part, Frank knows just how much weight they can bear. And there is some stunning writing and perversely wonderful research along the way... Alluring. It's hard to imagine a better book about not entirely understanding giant squids.--Jon Mooallem
Totally original and haunting in the way you'd expect a book about a real life Presbyterian clergyman and amateur naturalist from the late-19th century--and his relationship with a giant squid--to be.--Jason Diamond
[Frank] sifts through historical interest in the squid to ask questions about empathy, our means for 'sharing our obsessions, ' and the role of myth... Woven into these big questions are little stories, personal anecdotes, family history, and profiles of contemporary and historic players in the narrative of the giant squid. In this blending of the large and small, Frank sees human lives that are 'delicious, disturbing, and downright huge, ' and expresses a personal experience with a seldom encountered subject.
Preparing the Ghost reads like a cross between Walt Whitman and a fever dream. Who would think squid and ice cream go together? I remained riveted to the very last word.--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
Preparing the Ghost is the most original book I have read in years. Opening with an arresting image that literally haunts him, Matthew Gavin Frank unstrings history and reweaves a narrative from its threads, from fiction and news reporting and his own life, to remind us that every experience is a story braid. To remind us that life and love and death--all are beauty.--Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase