The True History of Paradise

by Margaret Cezair-thompson

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The first novel from the author of the Richard and Judy chosen book The Pirate’s Daughter was originally published in America in 2000 and now, owing to the success of her latest, is reissued over here almost as a new book. It’s Jamaican history again, 1981 and backtracking with a complicated mix of plots and voices which explores both the personal and the political of a war-torn land.


Comparison: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jamaica Kincaid.

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The True History of Paradise Synopsis

From the acclaimed author of THE PIRATE'S DAUGHTER comes a story of three women born into the divided, troubled paradise of Jamaica.Easter, 1981. With Jamaica in a state of emergency, the Landing family gathers to bury one of its own. For Monica Landing, who had not spoken to her daughter for fifteen years, the death of Lana is the cruellest kind of loss.

For Lana's youngest sister, Jean, it is an imcomprehensible tragedy. All she knows is that her beloved homeland holds no future for her. But flight means crossing a landscape where soldiers turned executioners and armed gangs rule.

It means making her way through the memories that engulf her, with perhaps the only man she has ever loved by her side. THE TRUE HISTORY OF PARADISE captures the grace, beauty and brutality that are indelible parts of the Jamaican experience.

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ISBN: 9780755347049
Publication date: 22/01/2009
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780755347049
Publication date: 22nd January 2009
Author: Margaret Cezair-thompson
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Margaret Cezair-thompson

Margaret Cezair-Thompson was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies. Her first novel, the acclaimed The True History of Paradise, was published in 1999, and was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award. She is professor of English at Wellesley College, and lives in Massachusetts.

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