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WHEN WE WERE BIRDS,

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BY AYANNA LLOYD BANWO Set in Banwo’s native Trinidad, this debut is both a love story and ghost tale rooted in Trinidadia­n and African mythology. It follows Yejide, a young woman who has just inherited the power to guide the departed into the afterlife, and Darwin, a Rastafaria­n-born gravedigge­r new to Port Angeles whose recently renounced religion forbade him from interactin­g with death. When the two meet inside the gates of an ancient cemetery, their union changes their respective fates—and that of the island—forever. (Doubleday)

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