Book cover of The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter

The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and other Essential Ghosts

a novel by Soraya Palmer

“Mothers never die. Children love to resurrect us in they stories.”

Folktales and spirits animate this lively and unforgettable coming-of-age tale of two Jamaican-Trinidadian sisters in Brooklyn grappling with their mother’s illness, their father's infidelity, and the truth of their family's past…

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This is a book written with the gods of storytelling in mind.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The New York Times Book Review

One of the Best New Books to Read in 2023.

Elena Nicolaou, Today

[A] stunning debut novel . . . With magnetic prose and characters, Palmer has created a story where readers will be invested page one.

Sarah Neilson, Shondaland
Soraya Palmer

is the author of The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts. She is a Flatbush-born-and-raised writer and licensed social worker. Her novel was named one of Today's “38 Best New Books to Read in 2023,” one of the “Buzziest Debut Novels of the New Year” by Goodreads, one of the “Best and Most Anticipated Books of 2023” by Elle magazine, and one of “The Most Anticipated Feminist Books of 2023” by Ms. Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Electric Literature, Hazlitt, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She has been awarded a residency at Blue Mountain Center and graduated from the Virginia Tech MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Nicholas.

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