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Creatures of Passage

Creatures of Passage

by Morowa Yejidé
Paperback
Publication Date: 29/11/2022

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Nephthys, daughter of Horus and twin sister of Osiris ferries souls in her taxi cab in Washington, DC. When her great-nephew, 10 year old Dash, shows up on her doorstep with a mysterious note from the River Man, a community must ban together to save the young boy and in doing so, reclaim themselves.

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022.

Nephthys Kinwell is a taxi driver of sorts in Washington, DC, ferrying ill-fated passengers in a haunted car: a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere with a ghost in the trunk. Endless rides and alcohol help her manage her grief over the death of her twin brother, Osiris, who was murdered and dumped in the Anacostia River.

Unknown to Nephthys when the novel opens in 1977, her estranged great-nephew, ten-year-old Dash, is finding himself drawn to the banks of that very same river. It is there that Dash-reeling from having witnessed an act of molestation at his school, but still questioning what and who he saw-has charmed conversations with a mysterious figure he calls the "River Man," who somehow appears each time he goes there.

When Dash arrives unexpectedly at Nephthys's door one day bearing a cryptic note about his unusual conversations with the River Man, Nephthys must face both the family she abandoned and what frightens her most when she looks in the mirror.

Creatures of Passage beautifully threads together the stories of Nephthys, Dash, and others both living and dead. Morowa Yejide's deeply captivating novel shows us an unseen Washington, D.C., filled with otherworldly landscapes, flawed super-humans, and reluctant ghosts, and brings together a community intent on saving one young boy in order to reclaim themselves.

ISBN:
9781913090739
9781913090739
Category:
Thriller / suspense
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
29-11-2022
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
380
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x28mm
Weight:
0.3kg

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