Book: Ethereal Voices by Shona Jabang
categories: Book, Caribbean, Supernatural, Family, Jamaica, Contemporary, Poetry, Short Stories
Shona Jabang about this book: Ethereal Voices is a collection of short stories and poems; each of these stories revolves around an intriguing character dealing with external and internal conflict - many are trying, in their vulnerable ways, to outwit fate and their own life circumstances. The stories are set in Jamaica, the USA, the Gambia, and the UK. The protagonists are Jamaican or of Jamaican heritage. There are elements of the supernatural in each story which adds to the eclectic resonance that flows through each story. I was inspired to write these stories based on an amalgamation of all the countries I have lived in since my birth in Jamaica to include the UK, Canada, and the USA. The original title was Voices in my Head - but my publisher suggested Ethereal Voices, and the cover seems to have the outline of speaking heads, and that is why I chose it. The hardest part of writing my book was to get past my comfort zone of writing stories that did not address abuse and murder - I wanted to explore more contemporary themes. I learned that the human psyche is very complex - even more complex than I could have ever imagined, and I discovered that I write stories to which I am very emotionally connected. I researched time periods and some aspects of Jamaican history I was not sure about. I truly believe that this is a book that will appeal to everyone who wants to learn about different cultures.
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