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This Lyrical New Novel by acclaimed young Trinidadian author Robert Antoni is told in the haunting voices of two West Indian women, both thirty-three years of age: Lilla, the white mistress of a once grand but now rotting Colonial mansion, and Vel, her black servant. After living alone with Lilla for ten years, Vel finds herself pregnant, a fact she tries to keep hidden fr ...more
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published 1997 by Henry Holt and Company
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This is a book that I own and started to read, but never finished years ago. As I was reading it, my rating went back and forth between one star and five stars. Perhaps that is why I never finished the book. The language is difficult - half of the story is told in the dialect of an imaginary Caribbean island which is the setting of the novel. Half is told in the language of the landowner class of the island. All of it is a stream of consciousness narrative that brought back nightmares of trying ...more
Robert Antoni was born in the United States in 1958, and he carries three passports: US, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas. His fictional world is the island of Corpus Christi, and to create it he draws upon his two hundred years or family history In Trinidad and Tobago and his upbringing in the Bahamas. His first novel, Divina Trace, was published in 1991 by the Overlook Press in New York1 and ...more
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