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Posted October 6, 2005
Tananarive's Haunting Tale!
With JOPLIN'S GHOST, Tananarive Due breaks new literary ground by fusing elements of her historical novel (THE BLACK ROSE) with her many superb supernatural thrillers (MY SOUL TO KEEP, LIVING BLOOD, GOOD HOUSE, etc.). The effect is at once marvelously jarring, and thrill-ride exciting, giving the reader multi-dimensional characters they will honestly care about, plus a deftly paced plot, and otherworldly adventures all woven into a tale they won't be able to put down. In JOPIN'S GHOST, an up-and-coming female R&B dance-diva, Phoenix, has an unexpected encounter with the ghost of Scott Joplin, which leads to a full-on, all-out haunting. Whether being scared out of her wits by creepy telekinetically-moving objects, or channeling Joplin's lost musical scores, or enjoying the 'special touch' of the apparition, Phoenix is drawn in more and more, all but a prisoner to the macabre manipulations of her ghost. Those who love Phoenix are in a race against time to break her free from this eerie svengali, before he finally pulls Phoenix over to The Other Side, together forever with him in the hereafter. Also, the novel presents an intriguing peek into the struggles of black musicians, both modern-day and past, and presents the dilemma all artists face: how to merge commercialism and art without risking artistic integrity. Interesting family dynamics are portrayed as well, which play nicely into the book from beginning to end. Ms. Due wisely chose to avoid the clichés of hardcore slasher horror and opted instead for a character-driven literary ghost tale that paints vivid cinematic pictures (as only she can do), and gives the reader flesh-and-blood folks they will be musing about for many nights to come. Thought-provoking + Page-turner = Definitely Recommended!
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