“I was going to write a typical ghost story but it will be more about the way we are haunted by our ancestors mistakes – environmental and genocidal,” said Abdou. “I’ve been collaborating with the Ktunaxa to get to use their name and their language. That’s been very interesting.”
Abdou’s novel will be the first in the next series of Booked, which starts in September. Following the local author will be Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier, then Adam Louis Schroeder, followed by Joseph Boyden. The 2017/18 series will conclude with author Esi Edugyan.
Eli and his parents have returned to their ancestral family home in a small mountain town; the parents hope that by escaping their hectic city lives, they will restore calm and stability to their marriage. But Young Eli unexpectedly finds himself answering for the mistakes of the house’s first owner, his great-great grandfather and namesake Elijah Mountain. He meets Mary, an enigmatic Ktunaxa girl who lives next door, and together they discover that they both have a foot in multiple worlds; in doing so, they relive and account for their past lives of seduction and betrayal. A new kind of ghost story, What Remains is about the many ways we’re haunted by the misdeeds of our ancestors.
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Eli’s family returns to live in their ancestral home, where he invokes the spirit, and the mistakes, of his great-great-grandfather.