Searching for Lincoln's Ghost
Andi Powell thinks about death far too often for an eleven-year-old. After losing both of her parents in a car accident and being raised by a grandmother obsessed with death, Andi is struggling with an unusual quest for a girl her age -- to determine whether there is life after death.
It is 1966, and Castalia, Indiana, like most cities of that time, is grappling with social and cultural change. Meanwhile, rumors have long swirled around Castalia's Lincoln Elementary School. Over its long history, the school has produced two sixth graders who claim to have seen Lincoln's ghost in the school's auditorium. When Andi prays on her dead mother's rosary to be the next to encounter Lincoln's ghost in order to confirm the existence of an after-life, a complex chain of events is set into motion, including the sudden appearance of John Malone, a new boy at school who harbors an explosive secret, and mysterious moaning emanating from behind the dark stage after school. While Andi desperately seeks answers to life's most difficult questions, an unlikely new friend emerges -- a mystical bait shop owner named Ezra.
SEARCHING FOR LINCOLN'S GHOST is a story about coming of age during the tumultuous 1960s, exploring such disturbing topics as personal isolation, fear and depression, bullying, social and racial intolerance. Peppered with Lincoln folklore and history, it is a timeless tale of the power of love, empathy, and how the actions of one person can profoundly impact another.
About Barbara J. Dzikowski (South Bend, Indiana Author)
Barbara J. Dzikowski is the author of SEARCHING FOR LINCOLN'S GHOST, a 1960s coming-of-age story about an eleven-year-old girl who is desperate to find out if there is life after death. Peppered with Lincoln folklore and history, it is a timeless tale about the power of love, empathy, and how the actions of one person can profoundly impact another. The novel received a B.R.A.G. Medallion in 2013 for excellence in self-publishing.
Dzikowski's second novel, THE MOONSTONERS, the first in a family saga trilogy, will be published on July 20, 2019. Set in the crucible of the stunning 1960s when the quest for love as the supreme panacea was stilled by assassins' bullets, THE MOONSTONERS is the story of two opposite families whose intersecting journey mirrors the volatile times.
After living on both coasts, Dzikowski returned to Indiana where she served for many years as a counselor for individuals and families facing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease. Deeply inspired by the resiliency and depth of the human spirit, she is putting the finishing touches on SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME, the second part in the trilogy, depicting how three generations are transformed by their patriarch's heartrending struggle with Alzheimer's disease. The third part of the trilogy, THE GARDEN OF RESURRECTION, is still a work in progress.