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Joplin's Ghost
Joplin's Ghost: A Novel | Tananarive Due
4 posts | 5 read | 4 to read
From the award-winning writer of The Good House, The Living Blood, and more, Joplin's Ghost is a chilling tale of a star-in-the-making whose life goes haywire as she is haunted by the ghost of a long-dead music legend. When Phoenix Smalls was ten, she nearly died at her parents' jazz club when she was crushed by a turn-of-the-century piano. Now twenty-four, Phoenix is launching a career as an R & B singer. She's living the life young artists envy and seems destined for fame and fortune. But a chance visit to a historical site in St. Louis ignites a series of bizarre, erotic encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. The music of Scott Joplin is strange enough to the ears of the hip-hop generation, but the idea that these antique sounds are being channeled by the protegee of rap superstar G-Ronn is nothing short of ludicrous. With growing violence in G-Ronn's inner circle and a ghost bent on living forever through her, Phoenix's life suddenly hangs in the balance," writes Tananarive Due. Can the power of her own inner song and the love of a music writer who believes in her give Phoenix the strength to fight to live out her own future? Or will she be trapped forever in Scott Joplin's doomed, tragic past?
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ImperfectCJ
Joplin's Ghost: A Novel | Tananarive Due
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Sorry to say, I'm DNFing this novel. The characters are difficult to like, and there's way more detail than I need (I guess it's modestly interesting to hear how much a music video costs to make and to see how the audition process works, but not interesting enough for how many words are devoted to it). And now that the love interest is kind of a stalker/pedo? Yeah, not really working for me and kind of ruins my picture of him from the later books.

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BookwormOfTheDamned
Joplin's Ghost: A Novel | Tananarive Due
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Just finished this & loved it. While this novel isn't as intense as "The Good House," it remains a fun read.
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"Joplin's Ghost" presents 2 story lines. 1 set in the past & focuses on Scott Joplin. Another set in the present around contemporary musician, Phoenix. Eventually, the storylines merge with a cursed piano, ghosts, reincarnation, & channeling.

I appreciate the author's note at the end as Due's input increases the richness of this work.

Kammbia1 I just got this book and I‘m going to read it for my summer reading challenge. 3y
BookwormOfTheDamned @Kammbia1 It is a fantastic read. You can tell Due put a lot of research into this work. 3y
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BookwormOfTheDamned
Joplin's Ghost: A Novel | Tananarive Due
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This is the actual Scott Joplin who stars in the prologue.