The Garden of Unfortunate Souls

By Eddie Mark

Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook


Winner of the Wheatley Book Award. In 1980s Buffalo, New York, the recession has transformed the city's proudest African-American neighborhood into a ghetto. Loretta Ford, an eccentric single mother and religious fanatic, survives for years by masquerading as the owner of a dead woman's house. Her reclusive life is interrupted when an unlikely incident brings the mayor of Buffalo to her home in the middle of the night. Their secret meeting sets off a chain of events that will leave two families altered forever. With all the passion of a Shakespearean tragedy, and a cast of characters whose trials and tears become our own, "The Garden of Unfortunate Souls" vividly depicts the consequences of violence, sex, and gender conflict within African-American communities.



Eddie Mark is a writer, researcher, educator, and former city chess champion of Buffalo, New York. His prize-winning short stories have appeared in the Hart House Review and the anthology Bloodlines: Tales from the African Diaspora. The Garden of Unfortunate Souls is his first published novel. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His peer-reviewed academic articles have been published in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management and the College Student Journal.


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Eddie Mark is a writer, researcher, educator, and former city chess champion of Buffalo, New York. His prize-winning short stories have appeared in the Hart House Review and the anthology Bloodlines: Tales from the African Diaspora. The Garden of Unfortunate Souls is his first published novel. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration at the Ontario Institute for Studies i...


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