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House of Ashes

by Monique Roffey

House of Ashes Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. The City of Silk is restless, its people suffering in the grip of corruption. Then, one hot July evening, The Leader gathers his followers, a brotherhood of half-trained men and boys, and storms the House of Power. Together they intend to take back what they believe is rightfully theirs. Caught up in the mayhem is quiet, scholarly Ashes. He had been inspired by The Leader's charisma, but now that words have turned to action he's not so sure about this insurrection. And trapped with the rebel boy soldiers is government minister Aspasia Garland. The mother of a son the same age as the teenage gunmen, she sees much of her child in these boys with guns. As the siege continues, the city holds its breath. For what happens over the next six days will change the small island's future forever...

The Good Book Guide Review

On a hot Caribbean afternoon in July, the naïve Ashes is gathered with his ‘brothers and sisters’ to hear their Leader pronounce something that has been promised and eagerly awaited. But now, with the pronouncement, Ashes begins to have doubts. Insurrection by the black man is a fine thing if really necessary, but what does necessity mean or entail? Roffey writes with eloquence about retribution and revolution, her pen pictures of the various characters visceral. The story of a siege at the House of Power is basically simple, but it works on various levels due to dynamic writing.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471126680
Publication date: 27th November 2014
Author: Monique Roffey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is an award winning Trinidadian-born British writer. She has written four novels and a memoir. Three of her novels are set in the Caribbean and form a loose trilogy which engages with political and environmental issues in the region. The most recent of these Caribbean novels is House of Ashes, published in July 2014. Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Sans Amen, it tells the story of three characters, a gunman, a hostage and a boy soldier caught up in a botched coup d'etat. Archipelago, published in 2012, is both an epic sea voyage and an examination of climate ...

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