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Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
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bookshelves: in, 2012, fairy-tale, tale, africa

This isn't my usual sort of fantasy novel, but when it was selected by my book club, I decided it was a chance to broaden my horizons. It proved to be a smooth and fast read. The tone of the book is completely conversational, like I'm sitting at the storyteller's feet as they tell the tale. I have read Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, and that already introduced me to the basics of the trickster mythology in Africa. Redemption in Indigo goes deeper, but after the first few pages, I never felt like I was out of my depth.[return][return]The characters are especially strong. Paama is a genuinely good person, but she's not perfect. Her husband is appalling and comedic and tragic all at once; the djombi are incomprehensible, yet make sense at the same time.[return][return]I don't think this will be a keeper for my crowded shelves, but it was a good read, and I'm glad I was challenged to pick it up.
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