Ratner relentlessly shows the devastating impact of traumatic history on families and the nation, but music and ghost
us with a carefully measured hope for insight and renewal. Vaddey Ratner speaks music and ghost
the choices confronting all of us, and she does so with compassion, forewarning and courageous wisdom. It is deeply haunting in its evocation of place, profound in the directness with which it confronts age old questions of guilt, music and ghost,
and loss, and staggeringly beautiful in its masterful lyricism. I hope everyone will read it. A timely, redemptive work. Music of the Ghosts has itself been fashioned by a writer scarred by war, a writer whose ability to discern the poetic even in brutal landscapes and histories may be the gift that helped her reassemble the fragments of a self and a life after such shattering suffering.