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The Good House: A Novel Paperback – July 6, 2004
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In The Good House, acclaimed novelist Tananarive Due enters classic Stephen King territory. Her novel, set in a small Northern town, centers on a haunted house under a deadly curse. But don't let the comparison scare you: This dark, imaginative, skillfully written page-turner is a novel only Tananarive Due could write.
Early in the Twentieth Century, a powerful voodoo priestess followed her guiding spirit from New Orleans to a small town in Washington State. But in pride and anger, Marie Toussaint unleashed a new--and very different--spirit. Now, ignorant of both her heritage and the curse, Angela Toussaint returns to her dead Grandmother Marie's house, seeking to heal her fractured relationships with her son and her husband. But the malicious spirit wishes only the destruction of the Toussaints; and as it did in her grandmother's day, it inflicts horrific death and destruction upon the isolated town. Soon Angela has lost almost everyone she loves; and she must somehow uncover the secrets of her unknown heritage if she is to have a prayer of saving her true love--and her own soul.
Tananarive Due has written the unconventional vampire novels My Soul to Keep and its sequel, The Living Blood; The Black Rose (a finalist for the NAACP Image Award); and The Between (a Bram Stoker Award nominee). With Dave Barry, Edna Buchanan, Carl Hiassen, Elmore Leonard, and eight others, Due is coauthor of Naked Came the Manatee. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Using elements of the traditional haunted house story, Due (The Living Blood) constructs an ambitious supernatural thriller reinforced by themes of family ties, racial identity and moral responsibility. The Good House in Sacajawea, Wash., has belonged to four generations of the Toussaint family, but current scion Angela Toussaint hopes to sell it. Originally the home of her beloved grandmere Marie, who used vodou to heal the sick, the house has dispensed mostly pain to Angela, including the suicide of her mother when she was a child and the death of her son, Corey, who shot himself in the basement with a gun belonging to his father, Tariq. Angela's planned final visit dovetails with tragic incidents in town suggesting that a malignant force linked to the house is revving up. Then she discovers that Corey stumbled upon Marie's magic tools, and that, in a forgotten incident, Marie abused her healing powers to avenge an act of racism. Meanwhile, Tariq, who has become a demon incarnate under the house's influence, hastens to Washington for a showdown with his estranged wife. Due handles the potentially unwieldy elements of her novel with confidence, cross-cutting smoothly from past to present, introducing revelatory facts that alter the interpretation of earlier scenes and interjecting powerfully orchestrated moments of supernatural horror that sustain the tale's momentum. An ending that seems forced by an excess of sympathy for her characters is the only misstep in this haunting tale from a writer who grows better with each book.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is my first Tananarive Due book so I was excited to get started. The prologue is intriguing but I feel that the plot lost its way immediately after that and just dragged. There are multiple POVs set in multiple times, which was fine, but the writing is often repetitive and tedious to get through. Some characters and their relationships are hardly believable while others are nicely fleshed out. The setting is definitely different but somewhat boring. It's the interesting backstory, which you have to wad through lots of fluffy writing to get bits and pieces of, that made me finish the book.
All in all it was a good effort but I didn't enjoy reading it and wasn't left exactly satisfied. However, one book doesn't always define an author and I would read more from Due.
I must say, it was a very enjoyable read. Once i started, i could not stop....WEll, I had to go to work, but once i got home i picked right up where I had left... even missed a meal or two; and if anybody knows me, they know I'm serious about my food.LOL.
It was a pretty long read, however, well worth. I'm an afro American male, 23 years of age, and before buying this book, I was pretty skeptical on reading a book by a female author; due to that fact that I am always scared that they may be directed primarily to a female audience and if it was, " I couldn't notice!!!" because I enjoyed the hell out of it. After reading, I felt very inclined to turn everyone into a Due fan.
This book is great for people of all walks of life, but I especially recommend this book to my Afrocentric people.It's a prize and inspiration to me whenever I find a great book by a black author. Not because I am prideful but because it's a rare find and it feeds me with ideas and a culture I can really relate to.
With that being said,
I hope to see THE GOOD HOUSE on film. Any and everybody who are looking for a good book with life in it's pages, support this sista and by this book.
Thank you, and I hope all find this review helpful.
I was hesitant to read this book because I have a severe allergy to cheesiness. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I expected a typical New Orleans setting with over the top voodoo rituals and chants. I got none of that. Instead, I got a story filled with twists and turns without the over-the-top gore. It's a psychological piece that makes you think throughout the entire novel. I like books like that because I can read them several times and discover something new with each read. Due intertwined several stories and made them fit into each other without missing a beat. I loved the way she wove Gramma Marie's background into the story with flashbacks and a single manuscript found in a closet. The author wrote a captivating piece without misplaced sex scenes and violence to keep it going. KUDOS!
I did find the different point of views a bit confusing. One minute you're reading in the present and the next you're reading about something that happened two years ago. I had to read three chapters twice. I'm an avid animal lover so I couldn't embrace the treatment of Onyx..sorry but I love dogs. However, it fit. It may have been intentional on Due's part, but I didn't like any of the characters. Not because of the writing, but their characteristics made them rather annoying. The best character, Naomi, didn't have much of a role in the novel. Yet, she was the more well-rounded character. Angela was, in my opinion, rather naive. Her actions were typical. An Tariq was so despicable, I found myself hoping he'd get hit by a large vehicle. Well done, Mrs. Due.
Overall, this is a piece that I will read again.
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Where has this narrator been and along with that, the author. As you can tell, this was my first book by either and I will be looking for more.Read more