Tananarive Due's Novels:

Short Story Collections

Ghost Summer

Devil's Wake series

Devil's Wake


Domino Falls

African Immortals series

My Soul To Keep


The Living Blood


Blood Colony


My Soul To Take

Tennyson Hardwick

Casanegra


In the Night of the Heat


From Cape Town With Love


South By Southeast

Others

Joplin's Ghost


The Good House: A novel


Freedom in the Family


The Black Rose


The Between


The Ancestors

Ghost Summer: Stories
Tananarive Due's first collection of short stories
Prime Books; ISBN: 9781607014539

 

Purchase Ghost Summer: Stories

Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due's work is both riveting and enlightening. In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories—one of which has never been published before—GHOST SUMMER: STORIES, is sure to both haunt and delight.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review : In these extraordinary tales, American Book Award–winner Due ( My Soul to Tak e) uses a clear-eyed view of history to explain (but never excuse) the present. Sexual predators are recast as lake creatures (“The Lake”), and werewolves choose cosmetic treatment to disguise their monthly changes (“Aftermoon”); Due craftily employs these shape-shifters to explore how humans embrace transformations in ourselves and one another, even when the result is monstrous. Ghosts abound, bringing past and present into liberating contact. In the title novella, a family under threat of divorce finds reunion through a boy's ghost hunt, which exposes the historical tragedy splitting the Florida town in which they summer. Childhood acts as a prism for varied emotions, encouraging readers to empathize with a weary mother who allows a well-behaved spirit to possess her unruly child “just for the summer” (“Summer”). Pandemic disease in “Patient Zero” and zombie apocalypse in “Danger Word” (the latter coauthored by Due's husband and frequent collaborator, Steven Barnes) heartbreakingly overwhelm adults' best efforts to protect the young. Even facing the end of the world and what comes after it, Due remains in control, carefully unveiling characters' thoughts and feelings to her enthralled readers. Nalo Hopkinson provides an introduction; Barnes contributes an afterword.

Ghost Summer named one of Publisher's Weekly's “Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2015”

About Ghost Summer (jacket copy):

Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due's work is both riveting and enlightening. In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories—one of which has never been published before— Ghost Summer: Stories is sure to both haunt and delight.

*****  

On Ghost Summer :

“Tananarive Due's characters quietly move into your heart and take up residence. You love them, you fear for them, and they scare you half to death.” –Nalo Hopkinson, author of Hominids and Brown Girl in the Ring

“Beautiful and terrifying. Tananarive Due is the modern master of horror and humanity.” –Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper

"When you read a Tananarive Due story you know you are in for a treat. She pulls you in from the very first line and does not let go. " –Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench and Balm

*****

On the works of Tananarive Due :

“I enjoy reading the kind of novel that seduces me right into it and makes me forget about work or sleep. My Soul to Keep does that beautifully.” —Octavia E. Butler on My Soul to Keep

“Ms. Due accomplishes the hardest thing of all with deceptive ease, creating characters we care about on their most human level.” –Stephen King on My Soul to Keep 

“Smart, soulful, craft Tananarive Due deserves the attention of everyone interested I contemporary American fiction. …She is one of the best and most significant writers of her generation.” –New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub  on The Good House 

 

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