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Lady Moses

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This powerful debut novel is the story of Jacinta Moses, the child of a passionate and courageous love. Jacinta's father is a black African writer, Simon Moses; her mother, Louise, is a white British actress. Her father dies when she is young, sending her mother into a state of madness and depression. Impoverished and alone, Jacinta longs for a better life. As she grows ol ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 30th 1998 by Harper Perennial (first published February 1st 1998)
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"Drowned, he told me. Swimming with some friends. They seen her go down. They called. She waved back at them. Kids thought she was just playacting...Could be we're all waving like that, Quasar said. And the lousy part about it is no one ever knows--not even the ones who's doing the waving."

"I can't remember what Esther sang about that night, but I thought it had something to do with peace. In the West we call it inner peace, but for me in Africa it was stillness. It
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Lucinda Roy presents the unique narrative of a girl learning to face the harsh reality of racism. It is the well thought-out narrative and the believability of young Jacinta Moses’ story that truly makes this a novel to remember. There’s an authenticity in her tale for many Americans who struggle to figure out their identity as non-whites. Roy manages to portray this struggle remarkably well in Lady Moses. She is also able to make Jacinta’s character empathetic to the audience while still mainta ...more
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Lady Moses was one of the first books that sent my emotions spiraling. There were so many ups and downs for the characters that I could hardly take it. This book had an emotional, realistic and dreamy feel to it and I enjoyed every moment of this emotional roller coaster.
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One of those books I wanted to like much more than I did. The first half was amazing but the second half slowly started to disappoint. Strong writing regardless.
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Lucinda Roy (born December 19, 1955) is an American-based British novelist, educator and poet.

She was born in Battersea, South London, England, to Namba Roy, a Jamaican writer and artist, and Yvonne Roy, an English actor and teacher. She grew up in England and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from King's College London before moving to the United States, where she earned a Master of Fine A
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