When Hilton was just a boy, his aged grandmother saved him from drowning by pulling him out of a treacherous ocean current, sacrificing her lif...more
Hilton was seven when his grandmother died, and it was a bad time. But it was worse when she died again..."I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Due writes in vivid detail without overloading the page and her grasp of pace and tension are top-notch. I couldn't put the book down: I just had to know how it would all turn out.
The characters were t...more
Does our main character suffer from schizophrenia? Okay, let's work with it. We know there's a supernatural undertone to his ailment, but let's figure out how he snaps out of it.
Will the racist stocker succeed at harming the main character's family? Okay, here's another compelling plot.
Instead, the novel works itself up into a repetitive frenzy that, although written...more
Then he sees her.
She is thin, tall, with an angular neck and her chin held high as she stands motionless in the wall of fire, which does not seem to touch her. She is a young woman Hilton has never seen before, but instantly he divines everything about her: s...more
so many doorways. between the world of...more
Hilton James is a successful, overworked middle-class father and husband. His job seeps into his nights and weekends and his marriage isn't perfect, but he's proud of how much he has achieved since his ignorant, country childhood.
Then the threats begin and, with them, the dreams.
Hilton struggles to find what is real and what is an elaborate fantasy. As his wife and friends begin to fear for Hilton's sanity, a d...more
Tananarive Due has gone on the write several other brilliantly inventive novels after this one, but in many ways this is her most chilling. When Hilton was a young child, his grandmother saved him from drowning. Now, as an adult, he has begun having deeply disturbing nightmares that suggest he was never meant to live. The story is all the more powerful because Due is so good at letting us know how much is at stake. Is there such a t...more
The Between is Tananarive Due’s first novel, published in 1995. Its protagonist is Hilton James who, as a young boy, almost drowns, but is rescued by his grandmother. The undertow takes her instead. James is adopted by an aunt and uncle and, once grow...more
Fast forward - the boy is now a man with a f...more
I guess that I'll be looking for another Tananarive Due book to read now...