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Unburnable

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unburnable is a work of literary fiction that is at once a
love story, a murder mystery, a multigenerational epic, and a
reinterpretation of Black history - defies neat categorization. Covering
the African Diaspora, this riveting narrative of family, betrayal,
vengeance, and murder, follows Lillian Baptiste as she is willed back to
her island home of Dominica from Washington, D.C. to finally settle her
past. Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian left Dominica when she was 14
years old after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy
Carib woman; and the granddaughter of Matilda, convicted and hung for
murder. Their infamous lives were told of in chante mas songs sung during
Carnival -- songs about a village on a mountaintop and bones and bodies,
about African masquerades and a man who dropped dead. Lillian knows these
Carnival songs - thus the history - belongs to her. After 20 years away,
she returns to face the demons of her past, and with the help of Teddy, the
man she has until now refused to love, she is determined to find her
answers. Set partly in contemporary Washington, D.C. and partly in the
Caribbean island of Dominica, Unburnable is the dazzling debut of a
talented writer who deftly intertwines the African-American experience with
authentic Caribbean culture and history - the Caribs, the Maroons, the
African origins of Carnival, the practice of Obeah - and in doing so,
showcases a new literary voice confident enough to also deliver a
page-turner.

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About the Author:

Born and raised in Antigua, Marie-Elena John wasn't considering
a writing career when she left her Caribbean island for New York's City
College. There, thanks to a semester spent at the University of Nigeria,
she became fascinated by the intertwined cultural commonality of the
Continent, the Caribbean, and the African-American experiences. After
graduating as CCNY's first Black woman valedictorian, she went on to earn a
Masters degree from Columbia University, focusing on culture and
development in Africa. From a Washington D.C. base throughout the 1990s,
she worked with non-profit organizations, traveling throughout Africa,
first in support of grassroots development efforts, later working with
pro-democracy and human rights movements, and eventually becoming best
known in her field for her pioneering work on the denial of women's
inheritance rights in Africa. Recently, though, she has been channeling
her vast knowledge of and passion for the African Diaspora into her
dazzling literary debut, Unburnable - a multi-generational novel that
powerfully brings together Caribbean history, African customs, and
African-American sensibilities, published by HarperCollin's Amistad in
April 2006.

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