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!E-pub ☸ These Ghosts Are Family ♖ A Transporting Debut Novel That Reveals The Ways In Which A Jamaican Family Forms And Fractures Over Generations, In The Tradition Of Homegoing By Yaa GyasiStanford 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 Personal Dramas Of Infidelity, Lost Love, And Regret This Electric And Luminous Family Saga Announces The Arrival Of A New American Talent 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 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 America It is a revealing of his life and circumstances and how it impacted various family members in Jamaica and the United States Then about midway, we visit the plantation in Jamaica where his ancestors lived, those who were white and black and the turmoil of living in a very small place with terrible conditions and lots of secrets There are multiple narrators that reveal events of life on the plantation just before and following the Christmas Rebellion , where black slaves revolted throughout much of Jamaica against their white masters, overseers and their white families many had slave families as well This portion had some very interesting twists throughout this plot line We eventually arrive at the present day, which becomes very ironic to the overall story The last few chapters seem to be wholly unrelated tale of three evil demon spirits that are able to take the form of both animals and humans at will Though interesting, I kept waiting for this to tie into the entire story and it never did Seriously, just skip this part unless you want to read a short story featuring ghosts that are actually vampires This is a debut novel that was very interesting and well written but the last part really disappointed me I can t understand why a big publisher such as Simon Schuster would incorporate two tales that had little in common with one another except that it is the same community in Jamaica Though I am at a loss here, I can only conclude that the connection was that both stories occur in the same evil place and some of the ghosts of the deceased came back to terrorize the area Which leads to the question, why these people They didn t harm anyone did they I d welcome anyone else s conclusions or insights.3 21 Additional thoughts on this story, as I consider what I just read, I really must say I didn t like this second story at the end While I understand she wants to incorporate as much as she can about the Jamaican culture which included how superstition overshadows much of those who lived in the past there were a lot of duppies their term for ghosts mentioned in one part of the book , I didn t care for the vampire portion In some ways her story reminded me of Edwidge Dannicat, who I stopped reading due to heavy weight she gives to witchcraft The family tree assignment we had to do in elementary middle school ain t shit compared to These Ghost are Family Here we have a book that portrays as one man s lies, betrayal, and infidelity but instead, you get caught in a whirlpool Faking his death was only Abel s way of introducing us to a family lineage that holds secrets, migration, slavery, deception, and revenge I haven t read something this brilliant in awhile From the 1700s to this current year, Maisy Card has found a way to give u The family tree assignment we had to do in elementary middle school ain t shit compared to These Ghost are Family Here we have a book that portrays as one man s lies, betrayal, and infidelity but instead, you get caught in a whirlpool Faking his death was only Abel s way of introducing us to a family lineage that holds secrets, migration, slavery, deception, and revenge I haven t read something this brilliant in awhile From the 1700s to this current year, Maisy Card has found a way to give us a feel of plantation life, Jamaican culture, and the truth that the apple doesn t fall that far from the tree in any country I am here for it I will take feeling like the nosy neighbor who got caught and couldn t keep her findings to herself I felt like the towns gossip lol A wonderful read that I could not put down 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 feltlike a collection of short stories rather than one fictional novel I enjoyed the writing historical fiction aspects of the novel but at times I wantedclosure from some of the stories The last chapter still seems off to me I feel like I m missing something 3.5 stars 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 feltlike a collection of short stories rather than one fictional novel I enjoyed the writing historical fiction aspects of the novel but at times I wantedclosure from some of the stories The last chapter still seems off to me I feel like I m missing something 3.5 stars 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 centu 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 century Jamaica, tracing relationships over those centuries, relationships that seemed to doom present day youth to a life of limited identity and poor family relationships Every adult appears to be hiding some facts about earlier family or to have been scarred into silence about the past There is rebellion and rage and mental illness or possible possession as a result Yes there are elements of magical presence in the story too.This is a book that I m glad I read for it s a view and approach that is new and foreign to my experience I recommend it to readers who would like the challenge of a new experience in both viewpoints and style but with a subject that is very much still current.A copy of this book was provided by Simon Schuster through NetGalley in return for an honest review Re read for BookOfCinz Book Club I love this book a lotthe second time around These Ghosts Are Family is Maisy Card s debut novel that features a multi generational narration from 1700s to 2000s These Ghosts Are Family opens with the revelation of Stanford Solomon s 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 workin Re read for BookOfCinz Book Club I love this book a lotthe second time around These Ghosts Are Family is Maisy Card s debut novel that features a multi generational narration from 1700s to 2000s These Ghosts Are Family opens with the revelation of Stanford Solomon s 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 identity and sever the relationship he had with his wife and children back home in Jamaica With age and knowing he doesn t have long to life Abel reaches out to the daughter he left back in Jamaica Irene Paisley, a home health aide shows up to attend to a man who turns out to be the father she s mourned all her life I think this was a very ambitious book, in some ways it paid off and in other ways it did not Here is what worked for me The individual stories of the Paisley family I felt that Card really showed in a unique way how the decision of Abel affected those around him There was no shortage of trauma or struggle for each character due to the lack of a father figure or being raised by a single mother I felt that Card did a great job of showcasing how we are all haunted in different ways by different things The authenticity and research of the book I loved how authentic the book felt As a Jamaican I am always keen to read books that feel Jamaican and I felt Card did a great job of capturing all the cultural and historical nuances of Jamaica and Jamaicans.The freshness and intoxicating read I devoured this book I could not stop reading it For a debut novel it was very strong and well written for the most part I know people who are not familiar with Patois might struggle a bit but that does not take away from how great the writing is in this book While I enjoyed the book, there are some things that did not work for me I felt the book was not as cohesive enough and would have worked better as a short story collection While I get the Homegoing reference in that we hear from one person at the beginning of the book but we don t necessarily hear from them as the story continues with the following generation I felt this was not as seamlessly executed as I wanted it to be I felt the ending was very abrupt and I am still not sure what happened there Overall, a really solid debut novel I really enjoyed reading it and the what did not work really did not take away in a big way how enthralled I was with Card s These Ghosts Are Family I am so excited to readfrom Card because she s got a strong, very distinct voice that I know I will never get tired of hearing from Full review here I highly recommend picking this book up This debut novel covers multiple generations of a Jamaican family and it starts in the middle, when a dying man decides to admit that he faked his death to his adult daughter This isn t a typical family saga in the sense of a linear story each chapter features characters related to Abel Solomon either as offspring or ancestors It deals with the ghosts of slavery immigration, and memory Some reviews use the word colonialism instead of slavery, which masks the actual content Along the w This debut novel covers multiple generations of a Jamaican family and it starts in the middle, when a dying man decides to admit that he faked his death to his adult daughter This isn t a typical family saga in the sense of a linear story each chapter features characters related to Abel Solomon either as offspring or ancestors It deals with the ghosts of slavery immigration, and memory Some reviews use the word colonialism instead of slavery, which masks the actual content Along the way, I also learned some Jamaican history, some I feel sheepish for not knowing, for instance the connection between Haile Selassie and Rastafarianism and now that I ve readabout it, I feel pretty dumb I mean I ve even been to Jamaica Maisy Card was born in Jamaica but raised in Queens this is a great selection for ReadCaribbean month I received a copy of the book ahead of its publication date from the publisher I neglected to read it until after its publication date, apologies Opinions and rating are all my own. When I first picked up These Ghosts Are Family I thought it would be a contemporary novel focused on telling Stanford Solomon s story How he assumes the life of another man and the impact this decision has on his family for generations to come Yes, it is that story But it is also a sweeping historical fiction that traces his Jamaican roots back to the 1700s In this regard it reminds me of Yaa Gyasi s book Homegoing But that is where the similarity ends These Ghosts Are Family is a totally When I first picked up These Ghosts Are Family I thought it would be a contemporary novel focused on telling Stanford Solomon s story How he assumes the life of another man and the impact this decision has on his family for generations to come Yes, it is that story But it is also a sweeping historical fiction that traces his Jamaican roots back to the 1700s In this regard it reminds me of Yaa Gyasi s book Homegoing But that is where the similarity ends These Ghosts Are Family is a totally original work that deals with some very hard hitting issues In the novel, the ghosts that haunt us are not only the mistakes of the past, but also the divisions that separate us as a people today It is astounding the number of historical references that Card provided I m impressed with the skillful way that she introduced Jamaican culture and used magical realism to influence the telling of this important story Special thanks to NetGalley, Simon Schuster and Maisy Card for access to this book. BOOK REVIEW 2 3 20Did a video review of the book as well, it s a stunning debut AUTHOR INTERVIEW 21 2 20Had the chance to interview Maisy Card and talk about her book 29 1 20This was an absolutely stunning read So well put together, I m completely blown away would no doubt recommend this book 25 1 20A huge thank you to Simon Schuster for gifting me a copy of this book So stocked to read it You can find me onYoutube BOOK REVIEW 2 3 20Did a video review of the book as well, it s a stunning debut AUTHOR INTERVIEW 21 2 20Had the chance to interview Maisy Card and talk about her book 29 1 20This was an absolutely stunning read So well put together, I m completely blown away would no doubt recommend this book 25 1 20A huge thank you to Simon Schuster for gifting me a copy of this book So stocked to read it You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website Update June 14, 2020I didn t love this book These family secrets formed, as Miller placed it, in the complication of roots, in the dirtiness of dirt, drew too near But there was true pleasure in experiencing such an intricately constructed, vividly spun debut heavy with substance, however dread It evoked true admiration for Card s choice to replicate the silences, the perhaps unfillable gaps, history s inevitable incompleteness, rather than acrowd pleasing, sweeping family saga, 500 Update June 14, 2020I didn t love this book These family secrets formed, as Miller placed it, in the complication of roots, in the dirtiness of dirt, drew too near But there was true pleasure in experiencing such an intricately constructed, vividly spun debut heavy with substance, however dread It evoked true admiration for Card s choice to replicate the silences, the perhaps unfillable gaps, history s inevitable incompleteness, rather than acrowd pleasing, sweeping family saga, 500 pages long And I formed a gut deep connection to these few lines in the macabre, glorious final chapterNorma tried to warn them, to put fear in them, because it was clear that they had none Norma would say what her mother told her fear is what keeps little girls alive What about blood they asked Norma These Ghosts are Family presents Jamaica as a people, a history, a physical place, an unplottable scape, imagination, and memory.Full review at The Book SlutMarch 4, 2020 Well, well, well This may be a novel I respectthan 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.Bookstagram Twitter