The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts Book Soraya Palmer 9781788168403

The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts Book

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Featuring an amazing cast of LGBTQ+ people, including a nonbinary butch lesbian mc, bi mc, trans side character and gay side characters.

'Sometimes characters are so lively and entertaining, you don't want to say goodbye to them ... A stunning feat of storytelling in itself'
Suzy Feay, 
Financial Times

Growing up in Brooklyn with their Caribbean parents, Zora and Sasha Porter's days were enchanted by stories from the islands - the mischievous spider Anansi both seductive and vengeful; the flame-breathing Rolling Calf who haunts butchers; and ocean-dwelling Mama Dglo, said to be half snake, half human.

Now they are teenagers, and life at home has become unbearable. Their parents' tempestuous relationship has fallen apart, their mother Beatrice desperately ill, their father Nigel living with another woman. While an unsettled Zora escapes into her journal, dreaming of being a writer, Sasha discovers sex and chest binding, spending more time with her new girlfriend than at home. But they can't hide forever. The Anansi Stories that captivated them as children begin to creep into the present, revealing truths about the Porter family's past they must all face up to.

The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts is an extraordinary debut novel, a celebration of the power of stories that asks - what happens when ours are erased? Do we disappear? Or do we come back haunting?

"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. Palmer's dynamic and sometimes playful prose had me hooked from the beginning and each character was rounded, nuanced and will stay with me long after reading."
Eleanor Shearer, author of River Sing Me Home

"An all-consuming novel about sisterhood, motherhood, belonging, loss, and self-discovery. Soraya Palmer's characters are unparalleled and her prose is musical. Read this novel with a sibling, a cousin, or a very close friend."
De'Shawn Winslow, author of In the West Mills and winner of Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize

"A brilliant, compelling exploration of familial legacies. A mythic and edifying read."
Irenosen Okojie, author of Speak Gigantular

Author Soraya Palmer
Format Hardback
Pages 288
ISBN 9781788168403


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