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"Few novels present Vietnam so thoroughly and completely with its aftershocks. A story of great courage and tremendous power."
- Robert Stone author of Dog Soldiers


"Skillfully weaving into her novel a story of romantic love and a suspenseful account of a mother’s effort to remain united with her child, Cheryl Drake makes a compelling memorable debut."
- Frederick Busch

Review Excerpts:



Booklist:  "... In her intense debut novel, Harris describes the war dead and wounded with a delicacy of language that only makes the images more horrific. A distinctively styled novel that is especially notable for its unusual perspective on women in combat."
Joanne Wilkinson... Link to full Booklist Review (2006)


Down East magazine:  "...Harris' Vietnam scenes are living and breathing, filled with surprising moments...
[Harris] has something important to say. War doesn't end on the battlefield. War stays in the memory, in the body and the soul. It comes home with men and women, even to small Maine towns, and it wreaks havoc on their lives and the lives of people who love them.
This is the truth at the heart of Lily's Ghost , and it is a truth that, sadly, we still need to hear. "
Agnes Bushell... See Down East Magazine (March 2007)


Kennebec Journal:  "...Lily's Ghost is a powerful novel of hope and goodness, anger and despair,... a riveting and dramatic story... "
Bill Bushnell... Link to "Bushnell on Books" (Feb 2007)


"PAGES Recommends ... Lily's Ghost ... Drake Harris's impressive debut novel is the story of the bitter aftermath of war and one woman's valiant struggle to escape the past and create a future for herself and her son. "                                    "PAGES" magazine (July 2006)


Publishers' Weekly:  "... moving ...
             ... Harris's story is enormously affecting ..."
Reed Business Information... Link to full P.W. Review


TheUnion.Com (Western Nevada County):
 "...captures the horrors or war as well as one woman's struggle to move beyond...." TheUnion.com (free login)




Lily's Ghost