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Ursa Mackenzie is a black woman caught between two cultures ? the USA and the Caribbean. Rejecting the lure of success, Ursa turns her back on a well-paid corporate research job and a stable, if loveless, relationship with a black academic. Instead, she seeks power and solace in her friendship with Viney. Remaining true to herself involves returning to Triunion, her Caribbean island, where she is forced to confront the moral and political ambiguities that underpin the charisma of her father, a leading politician. With compassion and honesty, Paule Marshall shows how the past always intrudes on the present. For Ursa, this means accepting that her life in the United States is bound by events that took place a long time ago in the Caribbean.
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?Again, Paule Marshall has proven that she is one of the most important novelists in America? Maya Angelou ?Finely drawn, believable characters and original writing? The Face ?The novel is well written, its characters compellingly portrayed? Financial Times ?A brave and poignant novel about inner identity struggle and the pressure to make compromises that ultimately won?t do? SheAbout the Author:
Paule Marshall is the author of The Chosen People and Praisesong for the Widow, among many other novels. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she has taught in Yale, Colombia, Cornell and Oxford Universities. She is currently teaching in New York.
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1852427787