Searching for Lincoln's Ghost -
Searching for Lincoln's Ghost is Barbara J. Dzikowski's debut novel. She earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate degree in counseling from Indiana University. These areas of study fueled her desire to create fiction that closely examines the human heart and its complex search for love and meaning.


Seekers of  a Newer World is the intimate, psychologically-gripping story of two families mirroring the uncertainties of a turbulent time in American history — the volatile Trudeaus, who flee their Louisiana home in the aftermath of a heinous murder, and the Ziemnys, a tradition-bound, Catholic family living in the cloistered Polish sector of a Midwestern steel town. It begins in 1963, when America is awakening from the slumber of the 1950s into a country shattered by the assassination of President Kennedy. In a nation divided over race, equality, politics, and Vietnam, young people are seeking a newer world that champions utopian ideals—love over hate, peace over war—and the status quo is rocked to its core. 

When Noël Trudeau meets Ricky Ziemny, a sad, talented artist, she finds a kindred spirit, yet she remains desperate to keep her haunted past hidden. After she’s confronted by Leon Ziemny, Rick’s older brother, she finds herself entangled in a domino chain of desire, conflict, and clashing values that mirrors and parallels the events, hope, and unrest of the 1960s, leaving both families in tatters, and forcing them to ask the essential questions of this perennially-relevant decade. 

Here is the compelling story of five intersecting lives who live through this rare and stunning time in history. Together, they search for the truth of what love really means.

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