Hungry Ghosts

Cover image of Hungry Ghosts

by Kevin Jared Hosein
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
352 pages | ISBN 978-1526644497

On a hill overlooking Bell Village sits the Changoor farm, where Dalton and Marlee Changoor live in luxury unrecognizable to those who reside in the farm’s shadow. Down below is the barrack, a ramshackle building of wood and tin, divided into rooms occupied by whole families. Among these families are the Saroops – Hans, Shweta, and their son, Krishna, who live hard lives of backbreaking work, grinding poverty and devotion to faith.

When Dalton Changoor goes missing and Marlee’s safety is compromised, farmhand Hans is lured by the promise of a handsome stipend to move to the farm as watchman. But as the mystery of Dalton’s disappearance unfolds their lives become hellishly entwined, and the small community altered forever.

Hungry Ghosts is a mesmerizing novel about violence, religion, family and class, rooted in the wild and pastoral landscape of 1940s colonial central Trinidad.

A 2023 highlight for the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, and BBC News.

About the author

Kevin Jared Hosein is a Caribbean novelist. He has also worked as a secondary school biology teacher for over a decade. He was named overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2018, and was the Caribbean regional winner in 2015. He has published two books: The Repenters and The Beast of Kukuyo. The latter received a CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature, and both have been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. His writings, fiction and non-fiction, have been published in numerous anthologies and outlets including Lightspeed Magazine, Moko, Wasafiri and adda. He lives in Trinidad and Tobago. – Granta

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