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 is a writer, graphic designer, and PhD student. Her work, which includes the novel, Odori, and youth fiction book, Katie Be Quiet received the Canada-Japan Literary Award, and has been shortlisted for both the Alberta Writer’s Guild Georges Bugnet Award and Foreword Indie Juvenile Award. Born and raised in the prairie landscape of southern Alberta, Tamayose lives there today surrounded by daughter, family, and friends.
Published: June 2023
“An immersive and intelligent page turner.… this is a treasure.” — Publishers Weekly
“Touching and hard to categorize … a wonderfully conceived figure on par with the novelist Alessandro Baricco's best characters is the willing reader’s prize.” — Literary Review of Canada