Stanford Solomon’s shocking, thirty-year-old secret is about to change the lives of everyone around him. Stanford has done something no one could ever imagine. He is a man who faked his own death and stole the identity of his best friend. Stanford Solomon is actually Abel Paisley.
And now, nearing the end of his life, Stanford is about to meet his firstborn daughter, Irene Paisley, a home health aide who has unwittingly shown up for her first day of work to tend to the father she thought was dead.
These Ghosts Are Family revolves around the consequences of Abel’s decision and tells the story of the Paisley family from colonial Jamaica to present-day Harlem. There is Vera, whose widowhood forced her into the role of a single mother. There are two daughters and a granddaughter who have never known they are related. And there are others, like the houseboy who loved Vera, whose lives might have taken different courses if not for Abel Paisley’s actions.
Maisy Card is a writer and a public librarian. Her debut novel, These Ghosts are Family, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and was longlisted for The Center For Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Lenny Letter, School Library Journal, AGNI, Lit Hub, Guernica and other publications. Her short story, "The True Death of Abel Paisley," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. Maisy was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, but was raised in Jamaica, New York. She earned an MFA from Brooklyn College, an MLIS from Rutgers University and a BA in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She is currently an instructor for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop.