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The Orchid House

by Phyllis Shand Allfrey

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Sharing Diverse Voices

The Orchid House Synopsis

Three white sisters return to their Caribbean island home to find their family living in poverty and mental anguish. Each sister responds to the family's plight in different ways - seeking change through romance or politics or money.

Intensely autobiographical, The Orchid House describes a colonial society in decay as seen through the (usually) loyal eyes of the sisters' childhood nurse, Lally: "Beauty and disease, beauty and sickness, beauty and horror: that was the island."

First published in 1953, it was filmed by Channel 4 in 1991 for a four-part series with Diana Quick, Frances Barber and Elizabeth Hurley.

This edition has a new and incisive introduction by the Dominican scholar Schuyler Esprit, which casts a fresh and contemporary eye on Allfrey's life and work.

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ISBN: 9780993108624
Publication date: 30/04/2016
Publisher: Papillote Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780993108624
Publication date: 30th April 2016
Author: Phyllis Shand Allfrey
Publisher: Papillote Press
Format: Paperback
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Phyllis Shand Allfrey

Phyllis Shand Allfrey (1908-1986) was born in Dominica, like her friend and compatriot Jean Rhys, into a white planter family. After living in New York and London, she returned to Dominica: she co-founded the island's first political party and was a Minister in the West Indies Federation. The Orchid House is her only novel. Her short stories (It Falls into Place) and collected poems (Love for an Island) are also published by Papillote Press.

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