This complex fantasy novel mixes mysticism and myth as it follows a taxi driver in 1977 Washington, DC who has a haunted car and becomes concerned when she learns her grand-nephew talks to a mysterious man next to the river. An otherworldly tale garnering numerous comparisons to Toni Morrison's ghost stories."
–Locus Magazine, New & Notable selection
Mesmerizing...This contemporary fairy tale's grandeur and psychedelic wonderment undergird a serious warning, urging readers to make sense of the story's message of family, justice, trauma and healing and to find a way toward a saner future.
A deeply layered novel of astonishing scope, suffused in the mythical, accented by the magical, but viscerally rooted in elemental human emotions. A deeply satisfying read.
A deeper, broader, and more audacious immersion in magical realism...Historic detail and mythic folklore forge a scary, thrilling vision of life along America's margins.
–Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review
Skillfully blending fantasy and stark reality while blurring the line between the metaphoric and the tangible, Yejidé successfully tells the story in fits and starts as each major character adds a piece to the puzzle...Highly recommended.
–Library Journal, STARRED Review
Yejidé creates a tapestry of interconnected stories of guilt, loss, love, grief, justice, and restoration...Yejidé's prose is often stunning...The story's rich texture evokes the ghost stories of Toni Morrison.
Fatal racism, police violence, pedophilia, family dysfunction–all the horrific ills of contemporary society wreak destruction, but somehow humanity survives.
A novel written by DC-raised Morowa Yejidé titled Creatures of Passage is a ghost story that also talks about the generational traumas experienced by Black Americans in DC.
–Greater Greater Washington
Unlike any book I've encountered before...Read this book.
–A Girl Named Tommi
In this beautifully written and gloriously conceived novel, Morowa Yejidé reveals her mastery yet again. This book is both contemporary and ancient, frightening and stirring, playful and wise, an unforgettable blurring of reality and genres from its haunted Plymouth automobile to the mysteries in the fog in this alternate America and hidden Washington, DC. With its lyricism and bold imagination, Creatures of Passage is unlike anything you've ever read.
–Tananarive Due, author of Ghost Summer: Stories
Comparisons will be made to Toni Morrison and they will be well-founded, but Morowa Yejidé is in a class of her own with Creatures of Passage, a mesmerizing tale about love, loss, revenge, death, and restoration that hovers close to the edge of fantasy yet is deeply grounded in history and in a reality easily recognizable in the contemporary world.
–Elizabeth Nunez, author of Even in Paradise
Although set in our recent past, Creatures of Passage is at heart a powerful ghost story about people haunted by the shadows of time and the shadows of blood. In the pages of this novel we discover a world that is fully recognizable, as concrete and real as Toni Morrison's Ohio, but also as fantastic and mythical as Gabriel García Márquez's Macondo. That said, make no mistake: Morowa Yejidé is a masterful storyteller in her own right, able to spin and sustain an inventive tale illuminated by a singular truth, that death is 'another form of living.'
–Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank
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Critical praise for Time of the Locust by Morowa Yejidé
Yejidé is poised to make her mark with a novel that might be described as one of family connection–but encompasses so much more...When that father, Horus, develops supernatural abilities and connects with his son, strange and powerful things happen, but the focus is less on fantasy than on the fantastic power of love to bind and protect us.
At times almost mystical in its intensity, Yejidé's prose brings lyricism to her dark subject matter and unhappy characters, eventually introducing a kind of magical restoration to her shattered fictional family.