Old Max, the giant of Serenity House, North London's "Premier Eventide Refuge", might have been left to die in peace. But his son-in-law Albert, an MP with an interest in the new War Crimes Bill, has other ideas. This book was nominated for the 1992 Booker Prize.
In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave. This angry, destructive ghost breaks mirrors, leaves its fingerprints in cake icing, and generally makes life difficult for Sethe and her family; nevertheless, the woman finds the haunting oddly comforting for the spirit is that of her own dead baby, never named, thought of only as Beloved.