A novel by Gary Lee Entsminger & Susan Elizabeth Elliott
Eva Hail, an anthropologist in her mid-30s, disappears from her campsite. She is
researching the Anasazi abandonment of the 14th century, weaving together astronomy,
ancient religions, and the Art of Memory. Eva's belongings are left behind, and there
are no signs of violence. Joe Hill, a local tracker, is asked to look for her, aided
only by her field notebook.
Joe's daughter is playing Ophelia in Hamlet, which introduces the questions Shakespearean
scholars have debated since 1598. Can we know if we've truly seen a ghost? Can witnesses
or experiments validate reality? Joe is haunted by his memories: his father left
before Joe was born; his mother, an herbal healer, died five years ago; his wife,
a dancer, abandoned him.
Set in 1958 in the American Southwest, Ophelia's Ghost explores key themes of this
period: UFOs, the space race, Einstein's relativity, parallel universes, and structural
anthropology. Joe's search to find Eva uncovers mysteries of the past, present, and
PRAISE FOR OPHELIA’S GHOST
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“…with help from Shakespeare and Native American mythology, Joe engages the mystery
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GARY L. ENTSMINGERis a writer, naturalist, and computer programmer. He has written
nine programming books, over 100 scientific/technical articles, and computer software
that helps scientists understand patterns of biodiversity.
SUSAN E. ELLIOTTis a writer, painter, and ecologist. She studied botany and French
at Humboldt State University and has a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College. She
is a student of Chinese watercolor techniques.
ALSO BY GARY L. ENTSMINGER AND SUSAN E. ELLIOTT:
Remembering the Parables(2010): Using the ancient Art of Memory to remember the
parables of Jesus. (7.5"x9.25" paperback, black and white paintings, 160 pages, $18.00).