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Indigo Roseby Susan Beth Miller
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From author Susan Beth Miller comes a luminous debut novel in the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid. Emotionally gripping and exquisitely written, Indigo Rose tells the story of one womans extraordinary
passage from sorrow to joy-and the uncommon journey that restores her spirit.
When Indigo Rosemartin leaves behind her beloved only child, Louisa, and her homeland of Jamaica to earn a better wage in America, she has no idea just how final her good-bye will be. In Chicago she keeps house for Professor Silver, whose three daughters come to depend on her in the wake of their parents crumbling marriage. But when Indigo receives devastating news that is every mothers worst nightmare, she finds herself without purpose in a wintry, unfamiliar world-her heart hardened even against the girls she has cared for second only to her own.
Stricken, Indigo drifts through her days until she discovers Brother Mans, a private gambling club run by a charismatic fellow Jamaican. In this smoky, lively place that recalls her island home, Indigo numbs her pain at the roulette table in the company of other lost souls. But as her hunger for diversion threatens to consume her life, she realizes that only by facing down her despair will she ever again feel love.
With mesmerizing prose, an unforgettable heroine, and a vibrantly drawn cast of characters, this powerful tale offers a compelling window into the ways we make peace with the past-and how family, community, and love can open our hearts to the future.
When 30-year-old Indigo Rosemartin leaves her young daughter and her homeland of Jamaia behind to pursue the American Dream, she has no way of foreseeing just how final her goodbye will be. Just as she's adjusting to her new residence in Chicago, and to her position as housekeeper for a well-off but troubled family, her world collapses with the arrival of devastating news from home. But when the anesthetic of gambling fails to numb her pain, Indigo begins to realize that only by facing her despair will she ever reclaim her life. With mesmerizing prose, a cast of vibrant secondary characters that includes Indigo's fun-loving neighbor, Jewell; the Silver daughters, her three feisty but needy adolescent charges; and gentle old Abraham Borotsky, a concentration camp survivor and the neighborhood blackjack champion, and an unforgettable heroine, Indigo Rose heralds the debut of a luminous new talent in contemporary fiction.
About the Author
Susan Miller is a psychologist and the author of several nonfiction books on psychology. Her short fiction has won numerous awards, including two Avery Hopwood Prizes. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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