The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts

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Sisters Zora and Sasha Porter are drifting apart. Bearing witness to their father’s violence and their mother’s worsening illness, an unsettled Zora escapes into her journal, dreaming of being a writer, while Sasha discovers sex and chest binding, spending more time with her new girlfriend than at home. But the sisters, like their parents, must come together to answer to beings greater than themselves and reckon with a family secret buried in the past.

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A Libreria Book of the Year 2023’A beautiful ode to the power of storytelling, this novel is steeped in the folklore of the Caribbean and weaves a powerful narrative of identity, trauma, resilience and hope’ Eleanor Shearer, author of River Sing Me HomeZora and Sasha Porter don’t know much of their Jamaican father Nigel’s and Trinidadian mother Beatrice’s pasts. What they do know: the mythic stories of Nigel’s flight to America on the string of a purple balloon, the violent histories in Beatrice’s book of Anansi Stories, that Nigel had a brother, once, and that Beatrice has a tangle of silvery scars on her back.With their parents’ marriage falling apart, the pair navigate their own relationships and secrets – Zora has impure thoughts about a jock, and Sasha drinks cheap beer with a girl who binds her chest.A celebration of the power of stories, this startling debut presents a tale of slippery contradictions and an examination of the limits of resilience.

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Weight 240 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 × 2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

288

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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