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These Ghosts Are Family

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  625 ratings  ·  215 reviews
*An Entertainment Weekly, Millions, and LitHub Most-Anticipated Book of 2020 pick*
*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
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Simon Schuster
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The connection of ancestors and how the dead still effect the living is explored in the tangled web of Irene Paisley and Stanford Solomon's family. Generations of family members are navigating their life decades and centuries later based on their past ancestors. A domino effect is seen when their Jamaican family members continue to comb through secrets, history, and lineage.

Each chapter goes through a story about a different family member. The multi-generational saga is weaves through different
The Artisan Geek
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Did a video review of the book as well, it's a stunning debut!!

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Had the chance to interview Maisy Card and talk about her book :)

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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Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The family tree assignment we had to do in elementary/middle school aint shit compared to These Ghost are Family. Here we have a book that portrays as one mans lies, betrayal, and infidelity but instead, you get caught in a whirlpool. Faking his death was only Abels way of introducing us to a family lineage that holds secrets, migration, slavery, deception, and revenge. I havent read something this brilliant in awhile. From the 1700s to this current year, Maisy Card has found a way to give us a ...more
What a complex story, unlike anything I have read before. Its different strands capture the very fractured lineage of many who originally called Jamaica their home. This is a tale of family lost and found, of historic racial divides, of families broken and trying to heal, of the impact of centuries of slavery in the Caribbean and of white male supremacy and its outcomes, including multitudes of children of rape.

The story moves back and forth in time from contemporary New York to early 19th
Kathryn in FL
4 Stars for the first 85% of the book and the remaining balance of the story was not quite two stars because it read like an unrelated second story. This part seemed to have nothing to do with the novel that precedes it! More about the ending below.

When I first started "These Ghosts Are Family", I was all in. I was thinking yay, another five star read!

This story's primary focus is on a present day character, who grew up in Jamaica only to move to England and then started an entirely new life in
Jamise // Spines & Vines
This book was interesting. Still gathering my thoughts even after a re-read. This is multi-layered novel that started off fantastic but I lost my way several times during the multitude of characters. This felt more like a collection of short stories rather than one fictional novel. I enjoyed the writing & historical fiction aspects of the novel but at times I wanted more closure from some of the stories. The last chapter still seems off to me. I feel like I'm missing something. 3.5 stars
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
simonandschuster #partner | Listen, put Maisy Cards These Ghosts are Family on your radar. Put it on your TBR. Add it to your cart. Preorder it. Then read it.⠀

It doesnt come out until March 3rd, and its 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 mans identity. This story revolves around the consequences of Abels decision and tells the story of the
These Ghosts Are Family is Maisy Cards debut novel that features a multi-generational narration from 1700s to 2000s.

These Ghosts Are Family opens with the revelation of Stanford Solomons three decade long secret- he is not who he says he is. Thirty years ago, Stanford Solomon, who is actually Abel Paisley assumed the identity of his best friend, Solomon who died during a work accident. Abel who was working in England at the time used the death of his friend as an opportunity to assume a new
Wow. "These Ghosts Are Family" is a fantastic novel! I decided to give this a chance even though I have a love/hate relationship with historical fiction. I must admit, this is the best I've read in that genre so far. I absolutely enjoyed every second of reading this, well expect the last chapter (got a little too magical realism for my taste). It's hard to believe this is Maisy Card's debut novel. Her writing is flawless. The prose was funny, moving, and vibrant. The characters really exploded ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
What a debut novel!

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
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
copy courtesy of edelweiss. Wow. Just, wow. This book was such an incredible dive into all of the twists and turns that formed this family throughout the generations. I was reading it like my life depended on it. Card transported me to a time and place I dont think Id ever have experienced otherwise. Im hoping that the longer I sit and think about this book, Ill come up with a more coherent review. But Im not above shoving it at people with jazz hands and a READ IT NOW! for good measure. ...more
Well, well, well. This may be a novel I respect more than I love but I end the book impressed, thinking of confessions, our understories in nearby bushes, and Nicole Dennis-Benn talking about how we raise our little girls in fear. To which Maisy Card has answered with blood.

Review at The Book Slut forthcoming.

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Erin Glover
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fascinating novel about generations of Jamaican families beginning on a slave plantation in the 1800's has a little something for everyone. Along with the horrors inflicted on individual slaves, especially the rapes of slaves by the masters, there is a heroin-addicted Jamaican mother in the US, a Jamaican who fakes his own death, adultery, and ghosts.

The addict's mother muses about her husband returned from the dead and her daughter's heroin addiction to the addict's daughter: "Other
a. a. d. wolfe
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

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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
Anissa Austin
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchanged for my honest review.

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
Brittany J. (BNJreads)
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These Ghosts Are Family| Thank you BIBLIOFINDER and Simon & Schuster for the gifted copy!

Book Review:

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, yall I meant it! Its 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, family
Read In Colour
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you've read Bernadine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other, then you know that all of the characters in the book are loosely connected but have their own story to tell. These Ghosts Are Family follows this same formula, though I don't think I was aware of that before I started reading it. Nevertheless, the majority of the story lines and characters are fascinating, though not all are as fleshed out as others.

I was intrigued by this idea of a secret, stolen identity - living as someone else for so
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc
**I received a courtesy copy via Edelweiss**

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.
Abbie | ab_reads
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
4.5 stars

Thank you so much @librofm for the gifted listen of These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card! I loved this book, a perfect blend of historical fiction, family saga and a little hint of the paranormal!
I think I actually would have given this one five stars had I read a physical copy as opposed to audio. Dont get me wrong, the narration by Karl OBrian Williams was perfect, but there is a HUGE cast of characters and it bounces around many different time periods and locations so it was a
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
This is one of those books that tempts you to call in sick to work so you can just read it all day. I was completely engrossed in the story from the first page and the writing is exquisite. This riveting story spans several generations and occurs in at least three different countries. It is the story of a family and how the past shapes the present and future. The descriptive writing transported me to times and places I have never been. Though book deals with heavy topics such as infidelity, ...more
Lindsay Loson
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, librofm contacted me and gave me access to their monthly audiobooks, so I'd first like to thank them for this one! This was my first positive audiobook experience. The narration was fantastic and lent so much more to this story than if I had just read a physical copy.

I really did enjoy this book, but I think it may have worked better if it had just been a short story collection. Though all of the stories inside of it are connected in one way or another, some didn't quite fit as well as they
Candace Hernandez
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good multigenerational family saga and THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY definitely fits the bill! TGAF has a non-linear timeline that is presented in a manner that felt more like a collection of short stories than a traditional novel - which was such a welcomed experience. I was immediately connected to the characters and while you kind of jump into the family history head first, everything comes together pretty quickly.

I still cant believe how much happened in less than 300 pages. It was a
Huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Simon & Schuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I thought that this was an okay story, I enjoyed it but it just didn't blow me away. I enjoyed the concept and found the cast of characters to be interesting and off beat but I was just never fully committed to what was happening. There wasn't really a point when I felt captivated by what was going on. I appreciated the storytelling and as someone who is Afro-Caribbean, I am interested ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel as though Im standing ankle deep in the ocean and I see a huge wave coming my way but Im rooted to the spot.
Im unable to run, god help my swimming abilities, all I can do is hope it crests before it hits me fully.
Nope, turns out Im going for this ride. Full speed ahead, boogie board at the ready. This is how it felt reading this book. With every turn of the page I was rolling in the water and diving into the unknown. I had a semblance of what I was getting into and upon completing it Im
Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
via my blog:
'You remembered having laughed at the thought that getting down on your knees could redeem you.'

Its hard to believe this is a debut novel. Maisy Cards dialogue is written with authentic accents, which seems necessary to flavor this story as it pulls the readers through the dirt of history. As she exposes the deceptions of a Jamaican family through generations, we travel through time from Jamaica to Brooklyn. The characters can be downright
Dawn Michelle
DNF @20%

This book is just not for me [even though I am seriously trying to read more "read around the world" books]. There is just too much jumping around, no linear story and to be honest, at times, seems to be going for sensationalism rather than just a well-written story. In my opinion, this had so much potential, with amazing characters and instead, just fell flat. I have absolutely no interest in continuing with this.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Publishing for
Jimalion Itsabookishworld_

Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for the review copy.

Lets say that you are a sixty-nine-year-old Jamaican man called Stanford, or Stan for short, who once faked your own death.

That line pulled me into the book and it never let me go. Yall already know my favorite sayingso here it goes. This book SNATCHED my edges! Someone call Sallys Beauty and get me some edge control! I have so many feelings that I cannot formulate into something that makes sense. Wow!
Stanford Solomon is in fact
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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, Im not sure what its purpose was. The end felt sort of unsatisfying, just
Crystal (Melanatedreader) Forte'
Wheewww what a ride...This book took me on a roller coaster ride I did not want to end. This book makes you question the extent of your own family line and made you want to check your own roots. I could not help but be sucked in from the beginning and lured along the trail of one crazy turn after another after learning one branch of the family tree and wanted to reach back as far as I could into the lives of each family member. I know this is a debut novel but I can't wait to see more.
Booky Nooky
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
If Ive said it once, Ive said it a thousand times: I LOVE multigenerational family sagas! So when I heard about Maisy Cards debut novel THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY, I knew I had to get my hands on it!

THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY follows multiple generations of a Jamaican family as they grapple with the effects of one mans monumental deception and secret. The kaleidoscopic story goes as far back as colonial Jamaica and extends all the way to present-day Harlem. What unfolds throughout the book is not just
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Maisy Card is writer and a public librarian. Her writing has been nominated for a pushcart prize and has appeared in Lenny Letter, School Library Journal, Agni, Sycamore Review, Liars League NYC, and Ampersand Review. Maisy was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, but was raised in Queens, New York. Maisy earned her MFA from Brooklyn College, her MLIS from Rutgers University and a BA in English and ...more

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