These Ghosts Are Family
*A Rumpus and Electric Literature Most-Anticipated Debut of 2020 pick*
*A Ms. Magazine Top Feminist Book Coming Out in 2020*
*A BookRiot Best Book Club Pick of 2020*
*A Celadon Books Most-Anticipated Novel of 2020*
*A Lily Top Book to Read by Women in 2020 Selection*
*A Buzz Magazine Top New ...more
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This was an absolutely stunning read. So well put together, I'm completely blown away - would no doubt recommend this book! :)
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster for gifting me a copy of this book. So stocked to read it!!
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After sitting with this book for about a week I have come to the conclusion that this is my favorite novel of 2020 thus far. This is one of those novels that when you finished it, you have to take a moment to process the experience you've just had. This book was such an incredible plunge into all of the twists and turns that formed this family throughout the generations.
Stanford Solomon is actually Abel Paisley, a man who faked his death and went to America to start over. The ...more
It doesn’t come out until March 3rd, and it’s about a man named Stanford Solomon holding a thirty year old secret. Stanford is actually Abel Paisley, a man who faked his own death and stole another man’s identity. This story revolves around the consequences of Abel’s decision and tells the story of ...more
I think 80% of this book was excellent- truly wonderful writing, lovely character development, internal dialogue and cultural specificity. There was a chapter toward the end that I found to be a bit tedious and I generally wanted more from each section, for the characters and the interconnected narrative to be even further fleshed out. Still, I would certainly recommend this book when it becomes available for purchase.
I was eager to read this book as it is a most anticipated book of 2020.
This is a do not finish book for me. The first part of the book is not written in first or third person. It is in a style such as introductions and events are introduced " Say you this and say you that". With this style, it is hard to understand and become connected to the book. The introduction of a book is everything and I think the author should have ...more
Have we recovered from the goodness that is These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card? No? We need a little more time to digest all of this tea? I GET IT! I really do!
When I said “PREORDER PREORDER PREORDER”, y’all I meant it! It’s about so much more than the patriarch of the family, Stanford Solomon (Abel Paisley) revealing his 35 year old secret. This book has history, culture, folklore, ...more
This book was absolutely gripping. I loved learning how all of the family stories wove together, while simultaneously loving the individual stories.
The writing was beautiful and continually drew me in.
The last chapter, however, lost me a little bit. I know that it was tangentially related to a minor character in the book, but other than that, I’m not sure what it’s purpose was. The end felt sort of unsatisfying, just ...more
* I received an advance digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Although I like the concept, I found the dialect in this book nearly impossible to read and it was distracting to a point where I couldn't finish it. The emotion behind it was beautiful and I may eventually try to revisit it someday, but I would recommend not tackling this unless you're feeling up to a challenge.
These Ghosts are Family is one of those books that kinda kicks you in the gut while you're reading it. Then after you're finished you have to take a moment to process the experience you've just had. This is a multi-generational saga told from multi-character perspectives while crossing ...more
These Ghosts Are Family is an incredible debut about the ghosts — figurative and perhaps literal — that follow a family tree through time. It’s family saga, ghost story, and historical fiction all rolled into one.
For you if: You’re intrigued by the secrets of family history, want to read diversely, and don’t mind bouncing around between time periods, settings, and narrators.
BIG thanks to Simon & Schuster for ...more
This kind gesture however, did not in any way alter my views on this honest review. So let's start from the beginning or middle, however you choose to read this novel. These Ghost are Family felt like I was in a time machine. You travel between Brooklyn and Jamaica. There was Jamaican ...more
As the ...more
I want to start by applauding Card for her unique writing style. She wrote this book like it was an abstract work of art. She opened the story by throwing perspectives in-- seemingly at random-- until you get near then end where she begins ...more
As Stanford Solomon nears the end of his life he finally admits a secret he has kept for 30 plus years of his life, he was born Abel Paisley. The outcome of Stanford's admission takes us through 200 plus years of Jamaican ...more
The story begins with Stanford Solomon. He's an elderly man who has hired a home health aide and brings her into his house with his daughter and granddaughter. He has a story to tell all three women. For, you see, Stanford is really Abel Paisley and the home health aide is his daughter from him first marriage. Abel faked his own death and took his friend's ...more
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I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of These Ghosts Are Family--thank you to Simon and Schuster.
The good: This was one hell of a debut novel. The writing was raw, vivid, and strong, and kept hooked from beginning to end. I was not expecting it to be more of a collection of stories, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story spans a large chunk of time and jumps to different characters and point of views, but the writing was so clear that I was not confused ...more