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“You must promise me to go back to Wisdom one day. You see, little girl, Wisdom is your Source. It’s where your blood was born. . . .”

The words of her grandfather echo in her ears as Maia Ransom, a nurse from Michigan, arrives on the island of St. Croix for the first time. She has always been curious about the great estate her grandfather lovingly described, but the impor...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by One World/Ballantine (first published April 30th 2002)
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In Heather Neff's novel, Wisdom is not just a character trait, it is a location that holds the key to a woman's legacy, identity, and future. Maia Ransom is a nurse from Michigan who goes to the Caribbean island of St. Croix in search of the land that her grandfather always told her about. Wisdom is the name of the estate that her ancestors lived and worked on as enslaved African people......

In the spirit of Octavia Butler, author of the acclaimed classic The Kindred, Heather Neff beautifully we...more
Wisdom tells the tale of distant relatives that are strangely united by impending deaths. Maia Ransom goes to the beautiful island of St Croix to find the home her ancestors. Maia has found that she is dying of Ovarian cancer, and wants to see where her family was born. Maia grandfather has told her many stories about how her ancestors we brought over from Africa on a slave ship called the Ransom. They were allowed to keep the name of Ransom because it was believed that they were special healers...more
A Rich Island Tale

I enjoyed reading Wisdom by Heather Neff. I was initially drawn to the novel by the serenity of the novel's front cover. What I imagined was a light hearted "island romance", was a magical tale with many well-crafted twists and turns. The book effectively uncovers the underlying tensions that exists within what appears to be a tropical oasis and allows us to see the reality of island living from two perspectives. The characters were believable. The plot, a love story, a mystery...more
Marybeth Koberna
A beautifully written novel about a woman's search for her soul; her history. Heather's characters are vivid and full of life. Her stories pull me in from the very first page.
My former professor! She had this on her assigned reader, which I thought was brilliant.. LOL. I really enjoyed the story and thought it was very well-written.
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