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My Soul to Keep [Hardcover]

Tananarive Due
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June 12 1997
After marrying David, Jessica becomes haunted by the violent, mysterious deaths of those close to her and discovers that her husband has traded his humanity for immmortality and is invoking a forbidden ritual to keep her and their daughter with him forever. $65,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Tananarive Due is intrigued by how unfolding timelines and alternate destinies impinge on people's lives. "How frightening it is," she writes, "when fate is at liberty to take over what will has begun." As in her absorbing first novel, The Between, My Soul to Keep is about what happens when the domestic joy of a middle-class African American family (in this story, he's a jazz scholar, she's a reporter, and they have a 5-year-old daughter) is shattered by supernatural forces and memories of events long past. The story is deeply involving because of the characters' appeal, and suspenseful because the loving husband (who turns out to be a 500-year-old immortal) is so alien, he's utterly unpredictable. The passages recalling the husband's experiences as a slave in the American South in the 1800s are especially gripping. It's a melodramatic approach to dark fantasy, but it works well.

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YA?From the beginning, Jessica knows that David is different, but life with him seems perfect. With the birth of their daughter, life should be blissful. However, his ageless face and his perfect skin cause her investigative-reporter instincts to start questioning. Also, his lack of interest in the events of her life and work cause her to doubt the completeness of their marriage. By chance, a newspaper story Jessica writes on elder care evolves into a book proposal. Research into one of the cases leads mysteriously to David?her David. As the story develops, Jessica learns the truth about her husband and the choice he made so many centuries ago. David sold his soul for eternal life on Earth. He tells her he is not David, but Dawit, an immortal. Now he is offering her the same choice, against the doctrine of this secret society of believers. Readers are introduced to their world before Jessica discovers the truth. Present-day human interaction and the ways of the immortals are woven together with imagination and suspense. Traditional religious values, exhibited by Jessica's family, add another dimension to the plot and impact on the woman's reaction when she learns the truth. Those familiar with Anne Rice's novels will be instantly drawn into the world of Dawit and the society created by the immortals.?Beth Devers, Elmhurst Public Library, IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars loved it! July 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book in two days, couldn't put it down.
and rushed out to Marcus Books as soon as I finished it (my local bookstore to buy books "by African Americans, for African Americans") to get the follow up.
don't forget to buy from local bookstores!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Crafty Tale June 14 2004
Format:Paperback
Tananarive Due is the female version of Stephen King. My Soul to Keep is a crafty tale of a secret sect of immortals that will keep their immortality a secret at all cost and have successfully done so until one strays away and falls in love, subsequently creating a family that he can not live without. Good horror fiction although a little long at drawn out at times.
Reviewed by Aiesha
Of the Detroit-RAWSISTAZ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was an excellent and enticing book. I can't wait to read the continuation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy but Fascinating June 3 2004
Format:Paperback
Jessica thinks she has the perfect life. She is a top reporter for a Miami newspaper. She married her handsome college professor David Wolde. They have a beautiful little girl Kira. Her husband is very attentive. He's so attentive that her newspaper colleague Peter calls David Mr. Perfect. But things are not what they seem. David has a secret that is 550 years old - himself. When Jessica and Peter decide to write a book together, it starts a chain of events that lead to death for some and eternal life for others. There are genuinely creepy parts in this book, but it is also a fascinating look at the meaning of life and death. What would you do with immortality? MY SOUL TO KEEP is a wonderful, moving novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still waiting... Jan. 16 2004
By Honey
Format:Paperback
For sistah girl's new book and the movie version of these fantastic, outstanding novels! I read them sometime ago and then I went back and re-read them both and they are still as fantastic as the first time. I told everyone that would listen about these books.. My Soul To Keep and The Living Blood! The best stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good job T! Dec 14 2003
Format:Paperback
This is possibly the best book I have ever read in my entire life. It's one of those books that bring you into a whole different world, and as if you are in the story.
This thriller is very well-written, and Mrs. Due is a very talented writer.
While reading the first couple of pages you might get bored, but don't put down the book and call it trash, read on. As you get to the 20th page, you will put your whole life in the book. A guarranteed page-turner, you will be shocked at the unbelievable climax and at the ending.
The only bad thing about this book is when you are done. You leave all the unforgettable charachters and leave the wonderful story. I hope Tananarive Due makes a sequel of some sort.
You will definetely LOVE this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!!!! Sept. 17 2003
Format:Paperback
Ms. Due did an excellent job @ telling this story - it kept me spellbound from beginning to end. A couple of times, it had me looking over my shoulder in fear! I don't know if I want to read the sequel (The Living Blood) for fear of ruining a good thing. This is a highly recommended read.
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This author was recommended to me by an online book group and I am oh so glad that I took the recommendation! Wow, is this book suspenseful. It grows on you. I really had trouble putting it down. Due writes in a way that immediately captures the reader's attention. David DOES seem like the perfect husband and Due slowly unpeels the many layers (lies) of this character and his interactions with the rest of his family and in-laws. I can't wait to read the sequel!
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