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Ezra's Ghosts

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978-1-77439-047-4 | 2022 May | 288 Pages

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Award-winning author Darcy Tamayose returns with Ezra’s Ghosts, a collection of fantastical stories linked by a complex mingling of language and culture, as well as a deep understanding of grief and what it makes of us. Within these pages a scholar writes home from the Ryukyu islands, not knowing that his hometown will soon face a deadly calamity of its own. Another seeker of truth is trapped in Ezra after her violent death, and must watch how her family—and her killer—alter in her absence. The oldest man in town, an immigrant who came to Canada to escape imperial hardships, sprouts wings, and a wounded journalist bears witness to his transformation. Finally, past and present collide as a researcher reflects on the recent skinwars that have completely altered the world’s topography. Binding the stories together is an intersect of arrival and departure—in a quiet prairie town called Ezra.

“Darcy Tamayose—a wondrous talent arising through Canadian prairie soil to let us see ourselves more clearly, more fully and deeply through our unique histories—in her case, through the singular warmth and healing light of Okinawa. If any place on earth is magical, it is there.”
~ Joy Kogawa, author of Obasan

“[A]n immersive and intelligent page turner.... this is a treasure.” full review
Publishers Weekly

“Magic realism, murder mystery, science fiction, academic satire, folkloric allusion, and, of course, ghost story—there is no shortage of narrative in these linked novelettes. But Ezra’s Ghosts is something more remarkable: a fabric of stories that frays to reveal the poetry beneath and between, and finally the ephemeral shimmer that is deeper than words.”
~ Randy Nikkel Schroeder, author of Arctic Smoke

“Darcy Tamayose has somehow given us a luminously magical exploration of raw human anguish. This collection will stick with you; we should all be haunting Ezra.”
~ C.J. Lavigne, author of In Veritas