Hungry Ghosts


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$30.00  $27.90
Ecco Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.08 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin Jared Hosein is the winner of the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the author of three books that have been published in the Caribbean, including The Repenters, which was short-listed for the Bocas Prize and long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. He is a science teacher and lives in Trinidad and Tobago.


"This is a deeply impressive book, and I think an important one. Its intensity, its narrative attack, the fascinations of its era and setting, make it impossible to tear the attention away. Energy and inventiveness distinguish every page." -- Hilary Mantel

"Hungry Ghosts is beautiful, biblical, vast in scope and power, ringing with an energy that blasts from the intricate language. Hosein is a new giant of fiction." -- Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters and Everything Under

"Kevin Jared Hosein's majestic and sinuous command of language summons the lush landscape of 1940s Trinidad as it wrestles with the poisonous legacy of colonialism. The characters at the center of Hungry Ghosts are suffused with a longing that is palpable on the page and haunts you long after reading. Hosein has written a singular, powerful novel." -- Chanelle Benz, author of The Gone Dead

"The biggest, most frightening, beautiful, and alive novel I've read in as long as I can remember." -- Evie Wyld, author of The Bass Rock

"Hungry Ghosts is an astonishing book--linguistically gorgeous, narratively propulsive, and psychologically profound." -- Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other

"Hosein... sensitively teases apart the tangled web of class and religion and emphasizes the hard choices the powerless routinely live with." -- Booklist (starred review)

"In Hungry Ghosts, Kevin Jared Hosein takes a small place, a particular slice of Trinidad and writes it with the depth and scope that it deserves. And he does it because he knows it - truly, deeply. The result is a story that is harrowing, fiercely beautiful and deeply human. I won't soon forget these characters or this story. I think we are going to be talking about this book for a long time to come." -- Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, author of When We Were Birds

"A vibrant portrait...Hosein evokes all this in rich, visceral language...His story, often brutal, ultimately tragic, is nevertheless lit by a wide embrace reaching beyond place and people to the bedrock...Immersive, persuasive: an elemental 'portal to the Caribbean' delivered in a distinctive voice." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Both a family drama and an acute study of social structure...A highly recommended story of family and class divides that will break readers' hearts." -- Library Journal

"Rich in vocabulary and description, the novel situates characters in a meticulously detailed setting that evokes Middlemarch, with a similar empathy for human struggle... In scope and style, it's not far off a masterpiece." -- Financial Times

"Hungry Ghosts has the mesmerizing power of a tale told on a bone-chilling night...A novel that slowly builds toward a climax of Shakespearean proportions...Hosein excels at setting this volatile stage and letting events simmer. Along the way, he delicately explores the often tortured backgrounds of numerous characters in his large cast, revealing their motives and desires...Readers will long remember this one." -- BookPage

"[A] searing debut...Like the best historical fiction, Hungry Ghosts is immersed in the ideas and complexities of its' shifting time period, for a triumph of well-researched storytelling." -- CrimeReads

"The characters' dialogue and deeper thoughts unfold with an authentic blend of English and the local patois...the land, the food, and the hard lives portrayed in Hungry Ghosts will stay with those who finish this saga." -- Historical Novel Society

"What luscious, troubling, shimmering cloth Hosein has spun...Hungry Ghosts reads like a Greek tragedy relocated to a gothic Caribbean setting worthy of Jean Rhys -- a story of cursed families and inherited vengeance, inexplicable horrors and impossible dreams and a country haunted, as Hosein reminds us, by the ghosts of the indentured...Hosein gives us no easy answers in this sumptuous, brilliantly written novel." -- Times (London)

"A barnstorming fable about the perils of upward mobility, set in the dog days of colonial rule in the author's native Trinidad ... Told with riveting verve, this is a terrific novel, pegged to national as well as domestic strife, peopled by flesh-and blood characters and plotted to keep us on tenterhooks about the story's pole-axing finale." -- Daily Mail (UK)

"Kevin Jared Hosein's novel Hungry Ghosts takes place on a sugar estate in 1940s Trinidad and the language is as lush, moody and thrilling as the landscape...Electrifying." -- New York Times

"An intriguing read that forces us to confront the harsh realities of life and its varying juxtapositions of violence and beauty, love and hate, faith and despair." -- BookBrowse