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Ella Giancetti thought certain things had ended in the South, like segregation and signs announcing 'Whites Only'. When she moves to Paterson, Virginia, though, she quickly discovers that, though the signs might be gone, some of the attitudes remain... Accepting her first job as a college professor in a different state is supposed to be the start of a new life as Ella heals Ella Giancetti thought certain things had ended in the South, like segregation and signs announcing 'Whites Only'. When she moves to Paterson, Virginia, though, she quickly discovers that, though the signs might be gone, some of the attitudes remain... Accepting her first job as a college professor in a different state is supposed to be the start of a new life as Ella heals from the death of her mother. Trying to balance preparations for the new semester with incessant phone calls from her abrasive sister Lisa is difficult enough before complications appear. Someone already hates her enough to vandalize her house, and there's a constant supply of unannounced visitors, like her enigmatic landlord, her eccentric older neighbor, a handsome police officer, and a ghost. Of the three, the ghost is the real problem. It appears in her dreams, it appears in person. It makes a mess. Ella needs to know how this young Black woman became a ghost if she ever wants to have a peaceful night in her new home. Working to find out who is threatening her and why, she can't help wondering about the irony of seeing other people's ghosts - but not her own mother, whom she desperately misses. As the history of the town of Paterson and the house she lives in is uncovered, Ella wonders if the past is truly the past and questions what will happen once she finds the truth about the events of 1960.


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Ella Giancetti thought certain things had ended in the South, like segregation and signs announcing 'Whites Only'. When she moves to Paterson, Virginia, though, she quickly discovers that, though the signs might be gone, some of the attitudes remain... Accepting her first job as a college professor in a different state is supposed to be the start of a new life as Ella heals Ella Giancetti thought certain things had ended in the South, like segregation and signs announcing 'Whites Only'. When she moves to Paterson, Virginia, though, she quickly discovers that, though the signs might be gone, some of the attitudes remain... Accepting her first job as a college professor in a different state is supposed to be the start of a new life as Ella heals from the death of her mother. Trying to balance preparations for the new semester with incessant phone calls from her abrasive sister Lisa is difficult enough before complications appear. Someone already hates her enough to vandalize her house, and there's a constant supply of unannounced visitors, like her enigmatic landlord, her eccentric older neighbor, a handsome police officer, and a ghost. Of the three, the ghost is the real problem. It appears in her dreams, it appears in person. It makes a mess. Ella needs to know how this young Black woman became a ghost if she ever wants to have a peaceful night in her new home. Working to find out who is threatening her and why, she can't help wondering about the irony of seeing other people's ghosts - but not her own mother, whom she desperately misses. As the history of the town of Paterson and the house she lives in is uncovered, Ella wonders if the past is truly the past and questions what will happen once she finds the truth about the events of 1960.

34 review for Signs of the South

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    A friend of mine's niece wrote this book. She asked if I would read it and let her know what I thought. It was awhile ago but I liked it very much and I saved it on my Kindle which I don't if I don't like the book! A friend of mine's niece wrote this book. She asked if I would read it and let her know what I thought. It was awhile ago but I liked it very much and I saved it on my Kindle which I don't if I don't like the book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    J.

    Sometimes we create our own ghosts. Some ghosts are the result of the “what ifs?” in our lives, often the product of regret. But then there are the ghosts of strangers that come unbidden into our lives—a specter unable to rest due to some injustice done it at a time before we came to exist. Signs of the South is a story about such a ghost. Ella Giancetti leaves Connecticut in the aftermath of her mother’s death, as much to escape her overbearing and overprotective sister as to accept a job as a c Sometimes we create our own ghosts. Some ghosts are the result of the “what ifs?” in our lives, often the product of regret. But then there are the ghosts of strangers that come unbidden into our lives—a specter unable to rest due to some injustice done it at a time before we came to exist. Signs of the South is a story about such a ghost. Ella Giancetti leaves Connecticut in the aftermath of her mother’s death, as much to escape her overbearing and overprotective sister as to accept a job as a college professor in Paterson, Virginia. She rents a house, sight unseen, and soon after moving in, strange happenings begin to occur—late at night she hears screams, her pots and pans in the kitchen are thrown about, and Ella sees the figure of a young black woman. Throw into the mix the strange dreams that haunt Ella’s sleep—dreams in which she seems to witness events of fifty years ago—and you have the makings of quite a ghost story. But Signs is more. Ella discovers that prejudice exists, even in the twenty-first century. Soon after arriving in Paterson, she learns the locals view her as an outsider—a damn Yankee; a Yankee who doesn’t go home. We like to think that we, as a species, are above prejudice, that we’ve outgrown it; but the truth is we still judge others on race, gender, religion and caste. All prejudice is based on fear, the result of the pay it forward mentality taught us by previous generations. When will we grow up, learn to see each other as men and women, with no care to color, belief and class? Signs subtly puts forth these questions. Ella makes two good friends, colleagues with whom she’ll work once the new semester commences, and she manages to befriend an elderly neighbor who maintains a dialogue with her deceased husband, and Signs suddenly becomes a mystery, a whodunit as Ella and company strive to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of a young black woman in a segregated south of fifty years ago who dared to love a white man. A fine debut novel from Narielle Living.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steven Jenkins

    What a fantastic read! Thought-provoking, witty, and bloody scary - everything I look for in a novel. Pacing, writing-style, tension, all top notch! A must for all (not just horror fans!)

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