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The Ancestors by Brandon Massey
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Jul 09, 09

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Read in July, 2009

A collection of three ghost stories based on African American history and folklore.
By far my favorite in this collection was Tananrive Due's "Ghost Summer." I would give it 4 stars on its own. In this story, a boy on the edge of adolescence spends the summer at his grandparents' house chasing ghosts and trying to solve an old, sad mystery while at the same time trying to cope with the news of his parents' impending divorce.
The first story (L.A. Banks' Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep) started off well with an interesting premise of a young veteran who is a Sentinel against the "shades." Unfortunately, the story becomes somewhat disjointed and ends abruptly. This might have been better as a short novel instead.
I didn't get far enough into Brandon Massey's The Patriarch because I disliked the main character - a man who simply couldn't form a commitment until he discovered his family's past.
Borrow it from a library just for the Due story.
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