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Crossing the Mangrove

Authors: Conde, Maryse
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC051000, FIC066000
ISBN: 9780307787705, Related ISBNs: 0307787702, 0385476337, 9780307787705, 9780385476331
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 224,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In this beautifully crafted, Rashomon-like novel, Maryse Conde has written a gripping story imbued with all the nuances and traditions of Caribbean culture. Francis Sancher--a handsome outsider, loved by some and reviled by others--is found dead, face down in the mud on a path outside Riviere au Sel, a small village in Guadeloupe.  None of the villagers are particularly surprised, since Sancher, a secretive and melancholy man, had often predicted an unnatural death for himself.  As the villagers come to pay their respects they each--either in a speech to the mourners, or in an internal monologue--reveal another piece of the mystery behind Sancher's life and death.  

Like pieces of an elaborate puzzle, their memories interlock to create a rich and intriguing portrait of a man and a community. In the lush and vivid prose for which she has become famous, Conde has constructed a Guadeloupean wake for Francis Sancher.  Retaining the full color and vibrance of Conde's homeland, Crossing the Mangrove pays homage to Guadeloupe in both subject and structure.
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