By Daneet Steffens
Updated December 08, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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Desirada

type
  • Book
genre

Marie-Noelle grows up basking in the island warmth of Guadeloupe and the affection of her adoptive mother, Ranelise. Out of the blue, her birth mother, Reynalda — who fled to France 10 years earlier — sends for her daughter. But Reynalda’s heart is ”as barren as a desolate savanna,” and Marie-Noelle unblossoms, succumbing temporarily to tuberculosis. As she hooks up with a dour dreadlocked musician, moves to America, takes on marriage, lovers, and friends, Marie-Noelle’s exhaustive struggle to understand her past and to find satisfaction when she faces the future lends Maryse Conde’s Desirada an inescapable gravitas. Conde has conjured up a tale of memory and legacy that is both lyrical and harrowing. A-

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Desirada

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Maryse Conde
publisher
  • Soho Press

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