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  - Randi Abel - Goodreads

What a book! There is just so much in there I don't know where to begin. I LOVED all the queer characters. Utterly refreshing to see so many characters in one book who challenge heteronormativity. It ... Read full review

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A few months ago when I reviewed Shani Mootoo's most recent novel, Valmiki's Daughter, I prefaced the review with an admission that I already loved Mootoo's writing before I even started the book. It ... Read full review


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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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