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Summary

Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence best-selling 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 15 stories, Ghost Summer: Stories is sure to both haunt and delight.

©2015 Tananarive Due (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Thought provoking…

After the first story I was ready to give up on this book … almost … not quite …. then I went back and listened to what came before and then … I wanted to listen some more. .. each story contained elements of despair and hope and possibilities.
A very different kind of listen but I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you!

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I just didn’t like it

I really tried to like this book. According to the introduction she’s a good woman. She might even be. i don’t know, I never met her but it also declared her to be a good writer. That i can’t agree with. She’s a lazy writer actually. too full of he said’ and ‘she said’ to be any good. the story, the one I did manage to sit through, was predictable though the note afterwards was interesting enough but not much else about this book really impressed me.

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  • 02-01-21

I didn't think I would like it but did

I love Tananarive Due books. I bought and downloaded it as soon as I saw her name. I didn't realize it was short stories until the first one ended as it was an audible book. Damn, I said. I kept listening each time hurt that the stories didn't continue. I was very thankful for carrier series though. All the stories are very good just horribly short 😭.

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  • 08-04-21

Extra hard to finish

This book was not what I expected. It was not scary it was just depressing.

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  • Mary A. Burrell
  • 21-01-21

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Tananarive Due is one of my favorite authors of this genre. Great narrations . I have read the book several times. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version.

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  • Christina W.
  • 02-08-22

Phenomenal

The storytelling and the performances were superb. I loved every minute of it, and I can’t wait to read more of Tananarive Due’s work!

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  • Ruth
  • 02-08-22

More Emotional Than Expected

This collection of stories is truly fabulous. Each has either a tint of, or full-on submersion in the supernatural, as well as a depth of emotion running throughout. The characters feel immediately real and distinctly human. I’m so impressed with Tananarive Due’s unique ability to weave into her anthology a cultural and historical perspective that adds an extra layer of satisfaction for the reader.

It was such a treat getting a little nugget of background information from the author at the end of each story! And the sublime love letter of an Afterword written by Tananarive’s husband, Steven Barnes: just beautiful.

I enjoyed the narrators very much. Each one seemed to capture the tone and energy of a variety of characters - female and male of all ages. It’s nice when the author is a good and impactful narrator since the words belong to them.

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  • Quanda B
  • 01-08-22

Not for me

Definitely struggled to finish it, I think I only enjoyed maybe 2 or 3 of the stories.

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  • Nikolas P. Robinson
  • 26-06-22

Haunting and Beautiful

The fifteen stories collected in Ghost Summer are some of the most engaging short stories I've had the pleasure of reading. That pleasure was in no small part because these stories often provide a vastly different perspective from much of the horror and speculative fiction on the market, informed by the author's experiences as a black woman, both socially conscious and attuned to history. It's a perspective and worldview that readers should actively seek out because Tananarive Due successfully displays both the ways we are all the same and the stark differences that haunt many people to this day.
There's nothing not to love in this collection, but it's the Gracetown stories kicking everything off that stuck with me the most. This strange, haunted place in northern Florida arrests the reader just as it seems to capture residents and visitors, sometimes in horrifying ways. Gracetown is a place of transformation and possession. It's a town where the ghosts of a torturous, hateful past reveal uncomfortable truths.
Due provides us with glimpses of the past, of places where myth and legend overlap with the real world, where cultures collide with sometimes beautiful but often horrific results. We experience sadness and loss, sickness, and terror as the author paints all-too-real portraits of people, from those struggling to escape their circumstances to those hoping to find the peaceful embrace of death.
It isn't all about the past or present, as she also takes us to the end of the world, displaying a keen understanding of human nature that proved almost prescient when compared to the pandemic conditions that ushered us into the current decade.
Narration provided by Tananarive Due herself, as well as Robin Miles and Janina Edwards makes for a different experience from story to story, each individual breathing life into the narratives in slightly different ways, but never in an unsatisfactory manner.

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  • Christa D.
  • 17-06-22

Enchanting and chilling

Ms. Due is an uncommon talent. Her stories are enthralling and the way she weaves language is masterful. She expertly manages to make horror beautiful. Ghost Summer is well worth your time.

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  • Stacey
  • 02-05-22

Narration is a skill

I enjoyed the stories, particularly the trilogy. However, the authors narration of two of the stories detracted from the stories themselves. Narration is a skill. There are authors that possess the skill and more power to them if they want to narrate their work. Unfortunately, they are in the minority. Neil Gaiman is the only author I’ve experienced who’s self narration actually elevates his work. Ghost Summer stories is worth a listen. It’s probably even better in print.

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  • 18-04-22

Not what I was expecting or was looking for but…

Not really typical horror stories but interesting and well written. I really like the narrator and kept me on, just not what I was expecting.