Picking Up the Ghost

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ChiZine Publications, Apr 10, 2012 - Fiction - 263 pages
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Living in St. Jude, a 110-year-old dying city on the edge of the Mississippi, is tough. But when a letter informs fourteen-year-old Cinque Williams of the passing of the father he never met, he is faced with an incomplete past and an uncertain future. A curse meant for his father condemns Cinque to a slow death even as it opens his eyes to the strange otherworld around him. With help from the ghost Willy T, an enigmatic White Woman named Iku, an African Loa, and a devious shape-shifter, Cinque gathers the tools to confront the ghost of his dead father. But he will learn that sometimes too much knowledge can be dangerous—and the people he trusts most are those poised to betray him.


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User Review  - bradgers - LibraryThing

Starts slow, but an interesting read. The profanity will keep the book out of many young person's reading lists, which is probably unfortunate. I got into the characters; I want a sequel to find out what happens with Cinque and Imani. Read full review

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User Review  - Zachary Jernigan - Goodreads

A wonderfully vibrant, emotionally affecting work, PICKING UP THE GHOST echoes so many great writers while still being a thing all its own. I'd say that stylistically, especially, it's pure Milazzo ... Read full review


1 Its a Big World
2 To Be With Your Pops
3 Visited
4 Past the Clay
5 Uncrushed and Undisturbed
6 A Horrible Gray Light
7 Smelled Like Flowers
8 In that House
17 Powerless
18 In the Cold Dark
19 Friend of Yours
20 The Mechanism
21 Someplace with Less Distractions
22 Hitting the Dirt
23 Too Cold to Hurt
24 Something Right

9 Do Something Stupid
10 Took a Long Look
11 To Keep Hold
12 Back Down the Hill
13 If I Aint
14 Meet You
15 Smileless
16 Didnt Want to Know
25 New Understanding
26 Tell the Lies
27 Learned
28 The Lies of the World
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As a child Tone Milazzo wanted to be a writer and a Green Lantern. But then he grew up and lived his life as a Marine, a cab driver, a software engineer and a teacher before coming back around to writing. His power ring is still pending. When it does arrive you’ll hear about it first at tonemilazzo.com.

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