My Grandfather, a Ghost of Saint Pierre
We are back again working as a co-authoring team, which we haven’t done since Bartlett House, the mystery novel we wrote between 1998 and 2004. Our latest, tentatively titled, My Grandfather, a Ghost of Saint Pierre, is a fictional biography based upon the real life of a man who left Saint-Pierre, Martinique only months before Montaigne Pelée buried the city in fire and ash, taking the lives of all of his loved ones.
It is the story of Duane’s grandfather, Joseph Paul Poncy, who as a young man in Saint Pierre was related to some of the richest and most powerful families of Martinique, families who built their fortunes off of the back of slavery and patriarchy. The novel, part historical biography, part ghost story, part love story, is told from the modern perspective of a fictional granddaughter attempting to come to terms with her family’s dark legacy, and with a man who, in the face of tremendous personal loss, was unable to speak of his birthplace or the mixed race family he left behind.