Cereus Blooms at Night

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Thorndike Press, 1999 - Fiction - 423 pages
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Set on a fictional Caribbean island, Cereus Blooms at Night unveils the mystery surrounding Mala Ramchandin and the tempestuous history of her family. At its heart is an alleged crime committed years before the story opens. Mala is the aging woman suspected of murder who is delivered to the Paradise Alms House after being declared mentally unfit to stand trial. Frail and mute, she is placed in the care of a vivacious male nurse who becomes her unlikely confidant and the storyteller of Mala's extraordinary life.

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User Review  - Lily Forsythe - Goodreads

I thought it was beautifully written and rich with various interpretations, but if I didn't have to read it for school I would have put it down unfinished due to the numerous graphic and violent scenes that were too dark for me to stomach. So, trigger warning! Read full review

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User Review  - C. Kimmi - Goodreads

Words cannot begin to describe how touched, heartbroken and healed this book leaves me each time I've read and re-read it. I only wish I had found it at 14. I grew up yearning for books that spoke of real horrors, real love and real Caribbean magics like this one. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. A filmmaker and visual artist, she has written and directed several videos; her painings and photo-based works are exhibited internationally. Shani Mootoo is also a published poet and the author of Out on Main Street, a collection of stories. Cereus Blooms at Night is her first novel.

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