Daniel Turtel is the author of Greetings from Asbury Park (2022). His newest novel, The Family Morfawitz, was just published by Blackstone Publishing.
Kevin Jared Hosein’s Hungry GhostsBy Daniel Turtel
The title of Kevin Jared Hoseins novel is derived from a mourning ritual in which rice balls are left out for the hungry dead while the living forgo all worldly pleasure. Its a good fit for this beautiful yet unceasingly dismal portrait of mid-1940s Trinidad, in which abject poverty, colonialism, and recent war-time occupation have squeezed joy from the landscape and the people alike, leaving tragedy and loss as the most salient features of either.