"Awarded the 1999 Prix Carbet de la Caraibe, what could be a downbeat, angrily heroic, and grim capstone to Condé's career insists that the only way for women to survive so much suffering, and truths too sad to set anyone free, is to 'learn to invent a life.'"
The 12th and most autobiographical from Condé (Windward Heights
, 1999, etc.) returns to her fictional roots, where generations of Caribbeans discover strength and dignity as they endure inhuman cruelties and emotional betrayals.
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