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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (March 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060927267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060927264
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Multiple time-lines and alternate branching destinies are more often associated with science fiction than horror, but in this novel by an African-American woman, a man who has cheated death finds that his ability to walk through doorways in time brings dark forces into his life. Due employs a lucid, almost stately, prose style to evoke an escalating sense of menace toward a middle-class American family with connections to Ghana. Dreams? Madness? Ghosts? A racist killer? What is happening to these people?

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Although set largely in the black and Hispanic communities of Florida's Dade County, Due's first novel, a skillful blend of horror and the supernatural, poses questions about life and identity that transcend racial boundaries. Thirty years after he was saved from drowning by the beloved grandmother who died in his place, Hilton James has built a secure middle-class life for his African American family and saved a few lives himself through his social work in Miami's inner city. His comfortable existence is shattered when his wife, a judge, begins receiving racist death threats and he starts having nightmares of alternate life experiences so authentic that they begin to loosen his grip on reality. Is Hilton a latent schizophrenic, as his therapist thinks? Or are the dreams and death threats both signs of a cosmic scheme in which Hilton is meant to accept the death that he eluded before? The mystical explanation Due posits for Hilton's predicament, involving "travelers," or persons who unconsciously use dreams as "doorways" to elude fate and live in "the between" world, is not nearly as disturbing as her depiction of Hilton's gradual decline from caring husband and father to a man who lashes out in frustration against those he loves. Her sympathetic and credible portrait of Hilton as a man discomposed by his encounter with the unknown compensates for the novel's underdeveloped supporting cast. Due also subtly suggests the horrifying thought that pervades the story but is left tactfully unspoken: if each of us creates our own reality, then ultimately we are all alone in the world. $25,000 ad/ promo; author tour. U.K. and translation rights, HarperCollins; other rights, Marie Brown Associates.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is my second by Ms. Due and I enjoyed this one so much more.
nodice
The imagery, character development and plot progression of the book are all so masterfully written, It's a great read - page turner from beginning to end.
Kae
I think that Ms. Due is a very versatile writer and she seems to be able to pull off different styles of writing very effectively.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on June 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
How many chances do we get at life? What happens when we are meant to die and, yet we live? In Tananarive Due's novel The Between, the answer may not be what you think.
Hilton battled nightmares of his grandmother's death for years. After therapy, he was able to rest without the haunting images invading his slumber. Now, five years after he had his last night horror, the images return when his family is threatened by a racist who has set out to destroy them. Hilton's reality becomes a jumbled mess each time he wakes up. He finds he has done things he doesn't remember doing and has not done things he recalls. This thwart of his reality threatens to send him over the edge.
I have heard so many things about Tananarive Due's novels, though I had only read her book The Black Rose. I had no idea how enthralling her fiction could be. The writing is that of the most divine quality. The story makes you look over your shoulder. The idea makes you stay up late trying to surmise the existence of Hilton. The characters jump off the page and haunt your dreams. I found myself, long after the last page had been turned, wondering what it was like to live in the Between.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Bishop on June 14, 2000
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It is usually pretty easy to differentiate an author's first work from their subsequent works. I read Tananarive Due's My Soul To Keep first and finished The Between months later ... They were equally superb.
The Between is a suspenseful first novel which chronicles the confusing life (death?) of Hilton, a man who, at age 8, nearly drowned but was saved by his grandmother. As an adult he suffers from horrendous nightmares and soon becomes unable to distinguish them from his waking hours. Coupled with having to protect his family from a psychotic, racist, ex-convict who is after his prosecutor wife, Hilton and the reader are tossed into a world of dreams/reality, life/death, sanity/insanity ... death/life.
This was a chilling and thrilling tale. I am usually not one who automatically sees movie potential in a book but I think this one would be a tortuous theme for the silver screen.
I anxiously (and nervously) await another novel by Tananarive Due !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yasmin Coleman on December 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
First...let's get this out of the way...The Between is not My Soul To Keep but it is a good debut novel and is written in the same vain and style as MSTK. I am an avid fan of books by Tananarive Due as she is a phenomenal and talented writer. I highly recommend that you read The Between prior to reading MSTK and then of course you have to read MSTK to witness Ms. Due's growth as a writer.
The Between introduces us to Hilton James and his family. As Hilton grows older, his life seems to unravel, and it seems he's falling apart and those around him can't dare save him. Hilton experienced a traumatic event during his childhood that continues to haunt him and recently appears to be negatively impacting him and his relationship with others. It seems that his grandmother saved him from drowning when he was a kid, but she perished in the process. As we travel with Hilton through his world we are led into a complex maze that appears not to let go once you're in it. The Between is a hauntingly, beautiful debut novel which requires your patience and attention to detail in order to absorb and comprehend this somewhat ambitious and complex storyline. You're immediately drawn in Hilton's world as you delve into the madness and experience life from Hilton's perspective. You're frightfully afraid for Hilton's family as the madness jumps off the pages and into your life. You fall in love with Hilton's family and want to take them to safe cover as you scarily explore plot twist and outcomes that result from Hilton's actions in his efforts to protect his family. The Between's storyline was quite compelling so you automatically turned the pages to see what would happen next; however I must admit that the ending left more questions that answers for me.
Once again, Ms.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bishop on December 8, 1997
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It is usually pretty easy to differentiate an author's first work from their subsequent works. I read Tananarive Due's My Soul To Keep first and finished The Between months later ... They were equally superb.
The Between is a suspenseful first novel which chronicles the confusing life (death?) of Hilton, a man who, at age 8, nearly drowned but was saved by his grandmother. As an adult he suffers from horrendous nightmares and soon becomes unable to distinguish them from his waking hours. Coupled with having to protect his family from a psychotic, racist, ex-convict who is after his prosecutor wife, Hilton and the reader are tossed into a world of dreams/reality, life/death, sanity/insanity ... death/life.
This was a chilling and thrilling tale. I am usually not one who automatically sees movie potential in a book but I think this one would be a tortuous theme for the silver screen.
I anxiously (and nervously) await another novel by Tananarive Due !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jackie on December 20, 2005
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I am a new fan of Ms. Due. When I first read the Between, I did not get it. Then I decided to pick it up again and read it. I am beginning to get it. In a month or so. I am going to read it again. I am sure I will get it. Ms. Due is a very sophisicated writer. She is obviously a thinker, with a great imagination.

The reason I did not give it a 5 is because I wish she would have given us more history of Nana and her ancestors. I desperately wanted to know how they became people who lived in "the between."

My grandmama use to tell me about ghosts of family members who visited her occasionally. I use to laugh like crazy, and say "grandmama you were just dreaming" Grandmama would cut a serious look at me and say "girl don't tell me what I saw. I know what I saw, and I ain't crazy!" I could not laugh anymore because grandmama believed what she said.

Interestingly enough, my dear grandma is now with the ancestors. A while go, I woke up from a sound sleep saying "grandmama I am coming." I heard her call me just as clear. She would call me by name whenever she wanted something. I stood in the middle of the floor dazed for a while. I remembered that grandmama was dead. But I know I heard her voice calling me in my head, while I slept.

I don't know if I believe in ghosts or not, but my mind isn't necessarily closed to their existence.

Ms. Due I am a fan for life. Thanks.
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