When Helene is packing up her belongings in readiness for her imminent move and marriage, she unearths a faded old exercise book. As she reads she cannot anticipate the effect it will have upon her own future. It is the diary of Juletane, a young West Indian woman. Written over three weeks, it records her short life; her lonely childhood in France, her marriage to an African student, and her eager return, with him, to Africa -- the land of her ancestors. In stark contrast to her naive illusions, the social realities of traditional Muslim life and their cultural demands on her as a woman threaten to drive her to unendurable extremes of loneliness and complete alienation. She is a foreigner, in spite of the color of her skin.
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Review: JuletaneUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
I read this for my Institute of Adult Learning French Novels in Translation class, so of course it was depressing and dreary. However, it had a plot, a beginning, a middle and an end, and many women's issues, so it will make for a good discussion. Read full review
Review: Juletane (Caribbean Writers Series)User Review - Nancy - Goodreads
A quick read and a great book. The story is told by both Juletane in her diary and by Hélène as she reads the diary. It's a frightening look at the mental decline of a woman who moves to her husband's ... Read full review