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Tananarive Due is intrigued by how unfolding timelines and alternate destinies impinge on people's lives. "How frightening it is," she writes, "when fate is at liberty to take over what will has begun." As in her absorbing first novel, The Between, My Soul to Keep is about what happens when the domestic joy of a middle-class African American family (in this story, he's a jazz scholar, she's a reporter, and they have a 5-year-old daughter) is shattered by supernatural forces and memories of events long past. The story is deeply involving because of the characters' appeal, and suspenseful because the loving husband (who turns out to be a 500-year-old immortal) is so alien, he's utterly unpredictable. The passages recalling the husband's experiences as a slave in the American South in the 1800s are especially gripping. It's a melodramatic approach to dark fantasy, but it works well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA?From the beginning, Jessica knows that David is different, but life with him seems perfect. With the birth of their daughter, life should be blissful. However, his ageless face and his perfect skin cause her investigative-reporter instincts to start questioning. Also, his lack of interest in the events of her life and work cause her to doubt the completeness of their marriage. By chance, a newspaper story Jessica writes on elder care evolves into a book proposal. Research into one of the cases leads mysteriously to David?her David. As the story develops, Jessica learns the truth about her husband and the choice he made so many centuries ago. David sold his soul for eternal life on Earth. He tells her he is not David, but Dawit, an immortal. Now he is offering her the same choice, against the doctrine of this secret society of believers. Readers are introduced to their world before Jessica discovers the truth. Present-day human interaction and the ways of the immortals are woven together with imagination and suspense. Traditional religious values, exhibited by Jessica's family, add another dimension to the plot and impact on the woman's reaction when she learns the truth. Those familiar with Anne Rice's novels will be instantly drawn into the world of Dawit and the society created by the immortals.?Beth Devers, Elmhurst Public Library, IL
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After five years, I'm reading it again. Make sure to read the two additional sequels. This book is an exciting journey of what if's, Reading this I could actually in vision the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by stephanie logan hunter
vivid storytelling the characters stay with you i've read it twce and woke up this morning thinking of Kiera several stories in one but all connected. is mr. perfect a monster? Read morePublished 1 month ago by JL
Very good reading and entertaining. Every moment of reading make you want to continue to see what was going to happen next.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I want to thank Ms Due for this wonderful story! Now I am wondering if this is really fiction or a drop of truth embellished with an imaginative mind? Read morePublished 2 months ago by vandolin
Strangest story I ever read. The characters are very 3 dimensional. The story was very unusual in a good way.Published 3 months ago by leodiva
This book was amazing! Great read, it pulls you in and you find yourself wanting more.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is up there in my all-time favorites, right along with Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon."Published 5 months ago by Tracy