To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts
Winner - 4th Annual Phillip H. McMath Book Award
2017 Silver Award Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards for Short Stories
In these ten elegantly written short stories, Caitlin Hamilton Summie takes readers from WWII Kansas City to a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood in New York, and from the quiet of rural Minnesota to its pulsing Twin Cities, each time navigating the geographical boundaries that shape our lives as well as the geography of tender hearts, loss, and family bonds. Deeply moving and memorable, To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts examines the importance of family, the defining nature of place, the need for home, and the hope of reconciliation.
Fomite, 9781944388065, 220pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
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1. In which stories are characters facing ghosts? What kinds of ghosts do they face? Do they vanquish their ghosts?
2. In this collection, two stories link, and then another three stories link, but they are not placed consecutively. Why do you think the author made that choice?
3. Births and funerals are a cause of friction in several of these stories. Why are these life events so difficult for these particular characters?
4. How important are siblings in some of these stories?
5. The author uses constellations and the act of turning as metaphors. How do these metaphors reflect key moments? What other metaphors are important to her stories?
6. Is setting a character in To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts?
7. Is weather as important to this author as setting?
8. How important is history in these stories?
9. What kinds of geographies is the author writing about?
10. Do you find the cover calming or lonely? Or both?