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A spellbinding new novel from acclaimed author Elizabeth Nunez, Prosperos Daughter is a brilliantly conceived retelling of Shakespeares The Tempest set on a lush Caribbean island during the height of tensions between the native population and British colonists. Addressing questions of race, class, and power, it is first and foremost the story of a boy and a girl who come of age and violate the ultimate taboo.

Cut off from the main island of Trinidad by a glistening green sea, Chacachacare has few inhabitants besides its colony of lepers and a British doctor who fled England with his three-year-old daughter, Virginia. An amoral genius, Peter Gardner had used his talents to unsavory ends, experimenting, often with fatal results, on unsuspecting patients. Blackmailed by his own brother, Peter ends up on the small island as Englands empire is starting to crumble.

On Chacachacare, Peter experiments chiefly on the wild Caribbean flora-and on the dark-skinned orphan Carlos, whose home he steals. Though Peter considers the boy no better than a savage, he nonetheless schools the child alongside his daughter. But as Carlos and Virginia grow up under the same roof, they become deeply and covertly attached to one another.

When Peter discovers the pairs secret and accuses Carlos of a heinous crime, it is up to a brusque, insensitive English inspector to discover the truth. During his investigation, a disturbing picture begins to emerge as a monstrous secret is finally drawn into the light.

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In the stunning new novel by the award-winning author of "Grace," on a remote Caribbean island, race, class, power, passion, English mores, and native ways collide in a storm of forbidden romance and cultural upheaval.

Synopsis:

Loosely based on Shakespeare's play The Tempest, American Book Award- winning author Elizabeth Nunez's new novel tackles the issues of race, class, science, and passion- and interweaves the English, African, and Caribbean influences Nunez is known for.

About the Author

Elizabeth Nunez is the author of Grace, Discretion (short-listed for the 2003 Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Fiction), Beyond the Limbo Silence, Bruised Hibiscus (winner of an American Book Award), and When Rocks Dance. She was born in Trinidad and emigrated to the United States after secondary school. Nunez is a CUNY Distinguished Professor of English at Medgar Evers College. She co-founded the National Black Writers Conference, is executive producer of the acclaimed television series Black Writers in America (nominated for a 2004 NY Emmy), and now chairs the PEN American Center Open Book committee. Named Author of the Year by the Go On Girl Book Club for 2002, Nunez is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including fellowships at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies and the Paden Institute, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Black Business. She lives in Amityville, New York.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345455369
Author:
Nunez, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.12x5.64x.77 in. .61 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the stunning new novel by the award-winning author of "Grace," on a remote Caribbean island, race, class, power, passion, English mores, and native ways collide in a storm of forbidden romance and cultural upheaval.
"Synopsis" by , Loosely based on Shakespeare's play The Tempest, American Book Award- winning author Elizabeth Nunez's new novel tackles the issues of race, class, science, and passion- and interweaves the English, African, and Caribbean influences Nunez is known for.
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