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An Epic Novel Haunted by the Ghosts of Colonialism

In Maisy Card’s vivid debut, These Ghosts Are Family, spirits expose long-held secrets within fractured families and nations alike.

To whom does one life belong?

As the man born Abel Paisley prepares to greet death, the question takes on a sudden urgency.

  • Hannah Giorgis
  • The Atlantic

At the beginning of her new novel, These Ghosts Are Family, Maisy Card sketches the swindler’s portrait:

Decades prior, when his friend Stanford Solomon died on the job in England, Abel assumed the other Jamaican man’s identity.

Leaving his old name and family behind, he claimed a life that was never his.

“Where is his soul now?”

Card writes of Stanford.

“Circling the world, looking for a…

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