The circumstances of their brother’s violent death inflicts such a wound on his family that its four oldest sisters feel compelled to come together to write, tell or imagine what led up to it, to unravel conflicting versions for the benefit of the younger generation of the huge Pointy-Morris clan.
Curdella Forbes
ISBN number
Fiction, Novel
Country setting
Imaginary Caribbean
Publication date
30 Aug 2012

From the richly distinctive voices of the writer Micheline (Mitch), who could never tell a straight truth, the self-contained and sceptical Beatrice (B), the visionary and prophetic Evangeline (Vangie), and the severely practical Cynthia (Peaches), the novel builds a haunting sequence of narratives around the obsessive love of their brother, Pete, for his dazzling cousin, Tramadol, and its tragic aftermath.
Set on the Caribbean island of Jacaranda at different points in a disturbing future, Ghosts weaves a counterpoint between the family wound and a world caught between amazing technological progress and the wounds global warming inflicts on an agitated planet. 

In a lyrical flow between English and Jamaican Creole, Ghosts catches the ear and gently invades the heart. Love enriches and heals, but its thwarting is revealed as the most painful of emotions. Yet if deep sadness is at the core of the novel, there are also moments of exuberant humour.

Curdella Forbes's novel Ghosts has been called in for the 2013 Tiptree Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The prize seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those women and men who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society. 

Curdella Forbes is the critically acclaimed Jamaican author of Songs of Silence. Her short story collection, A Permanent Freedom was published by Peepal Tree 2008. She is currently Professor of Caribbean Literature at Howard University.


Curdella Forbes

Curdella Forbes is a critically acclaimed Jamaican author.
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