Oonya Kempadoo

Oonya Kempadoo

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in Guyana
January 01, 1966



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Oonya Kempadoo is a writer who was born in Sussex, England in 1966 of Guyanese parents. She was brought up in Guyana and has since lived in Europe and various islands in the Caribbean.

Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published to great acclaim in 1998, and was nominated for the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second book, Tide Running (Picador, 2001), set in Plymouth, Tobago, is the story of young brothers Cliff and Ossie.

Oonya Kempadoo has studied art in Amsterdam and has lived in Trinidad, St. Lucia, Tobago, and now lives in Grenada.

She was named a Great Talent for the Twenty-First Century by the Orange Prize judges and is a winner of the Casa de las Americas Prize.

Average rating: 3.47 · 293 ratings · 36 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
Buxton Spice
3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 100 ratings — published 1998 — 6 editions
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Tide Running
3.24 of 5 stars 3.24 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 2001 — 10 editions
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All Decent Animals: A Novel
3.14 of 5 stars 3.14 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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A Árvores dos Sentidos
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1998
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Rotten English: A Literary ...
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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“When she can’t sleep, she writes. All she remembers is his words. It will soon be dawn, with fire-stoked horses thundering to the humming sky of crickets. I will see you run. And I will run with you. That morning, while Ata ate a dripping mango over the sink, she felt him come up behind her and touch the small of her back, light as a current of air. He kissed the side of her neck, inhaled the steam of bitter cocoa, boiling with bay leaves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and said it reminded him of his childhood. “You are from the islands,” she said. But then he was gone.”
Oonya Kempadoo, All Decent Animals: A Novel

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