At the Full and Change of the Moon

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Grove Press, 2000 - Fiction - 302 pages
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Written with lyrical fire in a chorus of vividly rendered voices, Dionne Brand's second novel is an epic of the African diaspora across the globe. It begins in 1824 on Trinidad, where Marie-Ursule, queen of a secret slave society called the Sans Peur Regiment, plots a mass suicide. The end of the Sans Peur is also the beginning of a new world, for Marie-Ursule cannot kill her young daughter, Bola -- who escapes to live free and bear a dynasty of descendants who spill out across the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Haunted by a legacy of passion and oppression, the children of Bola pass through two world wars and into the confusion, estrangement, and violence of the late twentieth century. "[Brand has] a lush and exuberant style that may put some readers in mind of Toni Morrison or Edwidge Danticat." -- William Ferguson, The New York Times Book Review; "A delicately structured, beautifully written novel infused with rare emotional clarity." -- Julie Wheelwright, The Independent (London); "Rich, elegiac, almost biblical in its rhythms . . . One of the essential works of our times." -- The Globe & Mail (Toronto)
  

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I felt this book dragged on a lot and got into confusing artsy fartsy mumbo jumbo territory which I found difficult to focus on. I did enjoy reading about the characters and wanted to know what ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

I have read another of Dionne Brand's books and LOVED it...this one was a bit of a hard slog...maybe its more that my reading style has changed? perhaps I just need to be challenged less these days in ... Read full review

Contents

I
49
III
73
IV
129
V
175
VI
207
VII
227
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About the author (2000)

Dionne Brand was born in 1953 in Guayguayare, Trinidad and was educated at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Brand was the founder and editor of Our Lives, Canada's first newspaper for black women. She has also worked on Fuse Magazine, The Harriet Tubman Review, Canadian Women Studies, and Research for Feminist Research. She also belongs to several community organizations including the Immigrant Women's Center and the Caribbean Peoples' Development Agency. Brand's involvement in politics is prevalent in her books, Chronicles of the Hostile Sun, Rivers Have Sources, Trees Have Roots: Speaking of Racism and Primitive Offensive, and Land to Light On, for which she received a Governor General's Award. Brand has also directed Sister's in Struggle, Long Time Comin' and Older, Stronger, Wiser for the National Film Board of Canada.

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