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The Loneliness of Angels

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The Loneliness of Angels by Myriam J.A. Chancy
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Offering a richly nuanced portrayal placing Haiti in a global context as a place of ethnic and cultural complexity, this novel explores the role of spirituality in Caribbean life and culture. Told through multiple voices in a nonlinear fashion, the narrative unfolds through the perspectives of a Haitian-Syrian merchant, Ruth, who recounts her young adulthood and final days as she intuits her imminent death; Catherine, a professional pianist living in Paris who travels home to Haiti upon hearing of her Aunt Ruth's murder; Rose, Catherine's mother, an empath, who is believed to have committed suicide in Canadian exile in reaction to the worst years of the Duvalier regime; Romulus, a once famous Konpa singer and an addict, who, released by rebels from a Port-au-Prince jail searches for his redemption; and Elsie, an Irish, working-class seer who emigrates to Haiti in 1847 in search of a new mystic who will guide them all. Traversing the terrains of Port-au-Prince middle-class life, working-class French Canada, expatriate Paris, the peat bogs of famine stricken Ireland, and tracing lives that cross boundaries of time and place, this is a deeply absorbing portrayal of a fragmented community whose deepest connections lie in a shared sense of spirituality.

Author Biography

Myriam J. A. Chancy's first novel "Spirit of Haiti" was shortlisted in the Best First Book Category for the Commonwealth Prize 2004; she is also the author of "The Scorpion's Claw" and two scholarly works including, "Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels" by Haitian Women. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.
Release date Australia
February 2nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Peepal Tree Press Ltd
Pages
344
Dimensions
135x206x30
ISBN-13
9781845231224
Product ID
3806467

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