Essay: Ancestor Money by Maureen F. McHugh

“Ancestor Money” by Maureen F. McHugh— Beautiful blend of fantasy/reality” Ancestor Money”,conveys a writing style of the likes of which I have never experienced before. This is a story of a woman named Rachel who is deceased and is living out eternity in the afterlife. McHugh does a wonderful job of tying in all religions in a way that coalesces with each other.

The story begins with Rachel receiving a letter from Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong where her granddaughter made an offering to her which she chooses to accept. The story goes on to annotate Rachel’s travels and her anxiety about leaving her afterlife home where she felt so comfortable.In her travels Rachel experiences the culture in the afterlife in a similar way that you would find in the living breathing real world, except there is a twist of demons and caring souls. Throughout the story Rachel is in constant panic and constantly feels a sense of unease at being away from her Swan Pond home and it isn’t until she is reunited with her quiet little home that she feels calm, and her soul is finally able to rest once again.


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