These Ghosts are Family: A Novel Audiobook, by Maisy Card Play Audiobook Sample

These Ghosts are Family: A Novel Audiobook

These Ghosts are Family: A Novel Audiobook, by Maisy Card Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Karl O’Brian Williams Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797103891

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Longest Chapter Length:

72:22 minutes

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20 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

37:11 minutes

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*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 Book of the New Decade*

*A She Reads Most-Anticipated Historical Fiction Pick of 2020*

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 Gyasi.

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.

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“I suspect many readers will talk about the consequences of unspoken generational trauma in These Ghosts Are Family, but I’m most amazed by the deft use of characterization, place and embodiment here. This book is a master class in writing home as a collection of odd spirits and a mobile metaphor.”

— Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division 


  • “Card’s relentlessly inventive debut is a thrilling exploration of family, memory, and which pasts we choose to haunt us.”

    — Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman

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