Creatures of Passage (Hardcover)

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Creatures of Passage Reviews

"In this beautifully written and gloriously conceived novel, Morowa Yejidé reveals her mastery yet again. This book is both contemporary and ancient, frightening and stirring, playful and wise, an unforgettable blurring of reality and genres from its haunted Plymouth automobile to the mysteries in the fog in this alternate America and hidden Washington, DC. With its lyricism and bold imagination, Creatures of Passage is unlike anything you've ever read."

--Tananarive Due, author of Ghost Summer: Stories

Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé 

Nephthys Kinwell is a taxi driver of sorts in Washington, DC, ferrying passengers in 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."

When Dash arrives unexpectedly at Nephthys's door bearing a cryptic note about his unusual conversations with the River Man, Nephthys must face what frightens her most.

Morowa Yejidé's deeply captivating novel shows us an unseen Washington 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 itself.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Bought as a gift

The two books I bought arrived quickly and were packaged with care. My friend loved her gifts!!

Jessica Burstrem
My favorite book this year

Set intimately in the Anacostia neighborhood of D.C. and always acknowledging all those who have ever lived on and by and with that land, this magical realist novel features a multiracial and multigenerational cast of characters, in various stages of life and/or death, and is also about family, about the ripple effects of trauma and loss, about trying to cope with the unfathomable that is also the everyday, about various senses of seeing and knowing, and about how folks in community affect and help each other. It's about environmental justice, about racism, about lynching, about war, about the proliferating damage of the sexual violence wrought on one boy by one Catholic priest. It feels all-encompassing. Meanwhile, Yejide's facility with language is incredible. I cannot highly enough recommend it.

Judith Sandeen

I apologize...I haven't been able to start reading it yet. Too far behind with other books!

Christina Baze
Thought-Provoking and Relevant

Well written with colorful prose, Creatures of Passage touches on themes of trauma, racial violence, and coping. It's a heavy book but thought-provoking and relevant to those from many backgrounds. TW: childhood sexual assault.

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