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  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An intricate plot and vigorously inventive prose are the distinguishing features of this highly praised first novel by Mootoo (stories: Out on Main Street, not reviewed), a Canadian writer and visual ... Read full review

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Shortlisted for the 1997 Giller Prize, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in Canada, where Mootoo now lives (she was born in Ireland and raised in ... Read full review


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