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The progeny of a woman who survived a mass suicide of slaves on the island of Trinidad in 1824 spread out across the globe, participating in 150 years of violence and struggle, two world wars, and the dangerous underworld of the Caribbean
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A magnificent, shocking act of defiance by a woman in the 19th century begins this beautiful novel by an award-winning writer -- a richly imagined saga spanning six generations.
In 1824, on the island of Trinidad, Marie Ursule, queen of a secret society of militant slaves called the Sans Peur regiment, plots a mass suicide -- a quiet, passionate act of revolt. It is also the beginning of a new world, because Marie Ursule cannot bring herself to kill her small daughter, Bola, whom she smuggles away form the estate in the early dawn light. Bola's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will spill out across the world to America, to Canada, to Europe. Their lives will be haunted and vindicated by Marie Ursule's dreams and her passion, as the world passes through two wars and into the confusion, estrangement, and violence of the late twentieth century.
In sensuous prose, At the Full and Change of the Moon tells, through the intimately interconnected stories of Marie Ursule's descendants, a history of dispossession. And the heartbreaking intensity and wisdom with which we are drawn into the lives and passions of each of them, confirms Dionne Brand in the front rank of the world's novelists.
"One of the essential works of our times.--Rich, elegiac-- nothing short of brilliant." -The Globe and Mail
"Sensuous--wildly lyrical--wonderful.-- Extremely impressive in the range of its characters and situations.-- It is an unforgettable world [that] pierces the imagination." -The Toronto Star
"Rich and vibrant--Dionne Brand continues to wrestle with her restless poetics in an effort to forge a language bold enough for the big ideas she likes to cram into her fiction--Sensuous, sometimes hallucinatory prose.--Brand's is a voice both brave and beautiful." -NOW
"Extraordinary.-- Dionne Brand--exults in the power of language and deploys it to lure us from harsh reality to metaphysical heights--The prose, so close to poetry, [is] almost musical." -National Post
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