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Giving Up the Ghost, by Tina Cabrera

From the enchantments of childhood innocence to the disillusionment of adult relationships, most of our lives seem to be a series of events that happen to us and to which we respond. Some experiences we readily shake off, but others remain to obsess and haunt the waking world and our dreams. But in our imaginations lie possibility: What if there was a day of no death? What if we could express to those we will lose exactly what we wish to say? Can we return to memories and transform them into opportunities to learn and grow and to finally give up the ghost literally and metaphorically? Or are we forever doomed to be oppressed by our obsessions and by the things that haunt?

Through various forms—personal essay, memoir, poetry, conjecture, etc.—this book invites you to explore the human condition as it is now and how it might be in the future. At once personal and universal, these linked narratives enter the obsessions of the author and the characters that people her fictional worlds.

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