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An Unkindness of Ghosts
By Rivers Solomon

Discussed June 2019

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  • Aster Grey
  • Flick (Flor ‘Flicker’ Samuels)
  • Matilda (the spaceship)
  • Surgeon General Theophilus ‘Sedvar’ Smith
  • Sovereign Nicolaeus (heaven’s chosen ruler)
  • Guards (soldiers of heaven)
  • Lune Grey
  • Aint Melusine
  • Giselle (Devil)
  • Ms Beeker
  • Captain Lieutenant Smith
  • Vivian, Mabel, and Pippi
  • Jo and Maud
  • Samantha
  • Seamus


  1. Did you finish the book? Did you like it?
  2. Would you categorize this book as speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, or something else?
  3. How did the use of pronouns impact different groups within this society?
  4. How did the Tarlanders lack of gender impact the way others view them and how they viewed themselves?
  5. How did the use of religion impact the peoples of this spaceship?
  6. How does language and class system impact this world? Did you enjoy the world building in this book?
  7. What does this tale speak to community, friendship, the ability of a group of people’s ability to overthrow unjust governments?
  8. Did the stories and folktales (Raven, Little Silver, etc.) add to the overall message of the book?
  9. What are the “ghosts” in this story? Are they the past refusing to be forgot?
  10. Are the “ghosts” at peace in the end? How does Aster deal with the remains of her mother and Giselle?   
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