Afterlife in Harlem

Afterlife in Harlem

by Terry Baker Mulligan


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ISBN-13: 9780984692934
Publisher: Theresa Mulligan
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Afterlife in Harlem 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Arlington_Nuetzel More than 1 year ago
"Start with an improbable premise. In Afterlife in Harlem, Mulligan attacks historical fiction, takes her fresh inspiration and winds her way through the near future and the distant past. We look in on the now "First Gentleman," Bill Clinton. He has a fine mansion in modern day Harlem adjacent to the historic Hamilton Grange. A celebration of Alexander Hamilton is planned there soon. Bill still keeps a Harlem office where he goes to count paperclips between urgent phone calls from his wife, President Hillary. But Bill is soon visited by an other worldly being in the form of Alexander Hamilton himself, accompanied by his comely mistress. Fear and confusion ensue before history reveals itself to us through well researched dialogue. The humanity of the ages shine through as we come to have a higher sense of respect for these diverse but vital characters who have wrought our history. Harlem is still a welcoming and friendly place as seen through Mulligan's eyes. The personalities consume us with their depth and this has been a wonderful reading experience even for this curmudgeonly conservative. Afterlife in Harlem will please any reader. It is a must read."
Woodsie More than 1 year ago
I knew it was a good story, when I went to sleep and dreamt I was in the story. I'm sitting in the chair opposite Bill, watching Alex pace around the room. I'm not going tell you anymore about the plot, but I will tell you that Terry Baker Mulligan has written a fun story, it's part time-travel, part mystery, part history. It's a delight to imagine these two important American's getting to ask each other questions that you will never read in history  books. Ms. Mulligan is an imaginative author and a delight to read.
froxgirl More than 1 year ago
Alexander Hamilton, heroic founding father, is primarily known for his death at the duelling pistol of Aaron Burr. But in this historical fiction, he is brought most vividly to life as adviser and conscience to one of modern day Harlem's best known residents, former president Bill Clinton. Set in the near future, Bill Clinton is lost after Hillary ascends to the presidency. Luckily for the former POTUS, Alexander Hamilton returns as a spirit to his mansion in Harlem with Sarafina, his lover and a former slave. When their lives of the two statesmen collide, each gains knowledge and wisdom from the other. This is well-written, imaginative, and humorous fiction - with an underlying dedication to finding what lies beneath the surfaces of these complicated men.
Unboxed More than 1 year ago
This book is a gem. Terry Baker Mulligan is a gifted storyteller with a vivid and powerful voice. The story is a delightful combination of history, politics, race relations and romance. Bonus: in an engaging and highly imaginative twist, the plot looks ahead to an imagined future that is perfectly credible given the direction of current events. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In her childhood memoir, “Sugar Hill: Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem,” Terry Baker Mulligan wrote affectingly and affectionately of the neighborhood that nurtured her. Now, in her new novel, she returns to present-day Harlem to spin a totally original sociopolitical yarn that mixes fiction, fact and fantasy. In it a beleaguered Bill Clinton—second fiddle First Gentleman to President Hillary—is visited in his Harlem offices by the ghost of Alexander Hamilton, who has come from heaven with a sexy, time-travelling ex-slave Sarafina to right the stumbling ex-pres. Wisely avoiding contemporary political contretemps, the book does take us on a magic carpet tour of 18th century American slave auctions, Hamilton’s unlikely personal history, and lost children in today’s Harlem. The result is an intriguing tapestry of history, politics, love and redemption, as the characters conspire to help each other find a home.