The Swinging Bridge by Ramabai Espinet

By Ramabai Espinet

Mona, a movie researcher rooted in Montreal, vividly recollects that evening in Trinidad while her father, Da-Da, in a drunken rage, threatened to kill her nine-year-old brother, Kello. Years later, a terminally unwell Kello asks Mona to revisit their local island and reclaim the valuables that their relations had left in the back of. As Mona returns to the Caribbean to confront her family's turbulent earlier, the reader travels again in time—to nineteenth-century India, to British Trinidad, the place her ancestors lived as indentured employees within the cane fields, and at last to city North America.

Steeped within the lyrical rhythms of Caribbean lifestyles, this beautiful, richly layered novel explores the immigrant adventure with compassion and humour. it's a relocating tale of race and displacement, of affection and betrayal, of endings and beginnings—a swinging bridge of the common look for self.

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"Beautiful, luminous and an utter excitement to learn. A author as beneficial as Ramabai Espinet may be precious by means of us for her distinctive voice and the original international she stocks with us."—Jamaica Kincaid

"The Swinging Bridge is a sweeping tale . . . of wealthy heritage—a mix of Indian and Caribbean sounds, scents and celebrations."—NOW Magazine

"An amazing fulfillment within the workout of remembering. . . . hugely charged with ethical intent."—George Lamming

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