By Margeaux Watson
February 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

And She Was

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Talking Heads fans will recognize the title of Cindy Dyson’s novel, And She Was. It not only pays homage to the band’s classic tune, it’s one of many retro-pop culture references sprinkled throughout this imaginative fish-out-of-water tale. Set in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands circa 1986, the book opens with 31-year-old Brandy following her boyfriend to a sleepy fishing village where she takes a job waitressing in a seedy bar. Flashing back and forward in time, Dyson skillfully interconnects Brandy’s eerie personal journey with the history of the region (both actual and supernatural), culminating in a ghostly lesson in self-discovery.

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