These Ghosts Are Family

These Ghosts Are Family

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2020
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*Stanford Solomon has a shocking, thirty-year-old secret. And it's about to change the lives of everyone around him. Stanford Solomon is actually Abel Paisley, a man who faked his own death and stole the identity of his best friend. And now, nearing the end of his life, Stanford is about to meet his firstborn daughter, Irene Paisley, a home health aide who has unwittingly shown up for her first day of work to tend to the father she thought was dead. These Ghosts are Family revolves around the consequences of Abel's decision and tells the story of the Paisley family from colonial Jamaica to present day Harlem. There is Vera, whose widowhood forced her into the role of single mother. There are two daughters and a granddaughter who have never known they are related. And there are others, like the house boy who loved Vera, whose lives might have taken different courses if not for Abel Paisley's actions. These Ghosts Are Family explores the ways each character wrestles with their ghosts and struggles to forge independent identities outside of the family and their trauma. The result is an engrossing portrait of a family and individuals caught in the sweep of history, slavery, migration, and the more personal dramas of infidelity, lost love, and regret. This electric and luminous family saga announces the arrival of a new American talent.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2020]
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (10 hr., 1 min., 11 sec.)) : digital
Edition: Unabridged
Performers: Read by Karl O'Brian Williams.
ISBN: 9781797103891 (electronic audio bk.)
179710389X (electronic audio bk.)


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List - American Epic
JeffcoBooks Jun 15, 2020

Elements of gothic fiction and Jamaican folklore are invoked to explore the immigrant experience, as told through the voices of flawed, memorable characters. These Ghosts Are Family examines the weight of long-held secrets, the limits of forgiveness, and the complexities of family ties.

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