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In Ghosting, Ascher writes passionately about her unlikely marriage, her husband’s illness and death and her ensuing sorrow. A witness to the insanity that grief visits upon its victims with a seeming determination to destroy, she gazes straight into the eye of grief and does not blink. In time she moves beyond that grief - her voyage out.
Barbara Ascher is the author of four nonfiction books: Playing After Dark , The Habit of Loving, Landscape Without Gravity, and most recently Dancing in the Dark: Romance, Yearning and The Search for The Sublime. She has been a columnist for The New York Times and Elle Magazine; and a contributor to The Yale Review, The Washington Post and many other newspapers and journals.
Ascher will be in conversation with Elaine Pagels, a preeminent academic whose impressive scholarship has earned her international respect. The Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, Pagels was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellowships in three consecutive years.