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Indigo Rose [Kindle Edition]

Susan Miller
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From author Susan Beth Miller comes a luminous debut novel in the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid. Emotionally gripping and exquisitely written, Indigo Rose tells the story of one woman’s extraordinary
passage from sorrow to joy–and the uncommon journey that restores her spirit.

When Indigo Rosemartin leaves behind her beloved only child, Louisa, and her homeland of Jamaica to earn a better wage in America, she has no idea just how final her good-bye will be. In Chicago she keeps house for Professor Silver, whose three daughters come to depend on her in the wake of their parents’ crumbling marriage. But when Indigo receives devastating news that is every mother’s worst nightmare, she finds herself without purpose in a wintry, unfamiliar world–her heart hardened even against the girls she has cared for second only to her own.

Stricken, Indigo drifts through her days until she discovers Brother Man’s, a private gambling club run by a charismatic fellow Jamaican. In this smoky, lively place that recalls her island home, Indigo numbs her pain at the roulette table in the company of other lost souls. But as her hunger for diversion threatens to consume her life, she realizes that only by facing down her despair will she ever again feel love.

With mesmerizing prose, an unforgettable heroine, and a vibrantly drawn cast of characters, this powerful tale offers a compelling window into the ways we make peace with the past–and how family, community, and love can open our hearts to the future.

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Editorial Reviews

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Indigo Rosemartin is lured to America by the prospect of earning money to send home to Jamaica and provide advantages to her daughter, Louisa. So Indigo leaves behind her young daughter in the care of her disapproving mother. When the little girl is killed by a hit-and-run driver, Indigo is lost to grief and guilt, losing her bearings with her family and the family for whom she works. She is a domestic in the household of a university professor, tending to his three daughters after his emotionally unstable wife abandons the family. Indigo is angry and resentful of the girls' neediness. Restless and troubled by her dreams, she wanders the streets at night until a friend introduces her to a private gambling den owned by a fellow Jamaican, Brother Man, which promises to distract her from her woes. Instead, she is pulled into a new nightmare that eventually pushes her back into life. Miller's mesmerizing first novel, reminiscent of the work of Jamaica Kincaid, slowly uncoils as Indigo journeys from a crippling grief to peace. Vanessa Bush
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"Miller's mesmerizing first novel, reminiscent of the work of Jamaica Kincaid, slowly uncoils as Indigo journeys from a crippling grief to peace."

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553803964
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XU8E1E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo Rose February 2, 2005
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Indigo Rose is a beautiful story, seamlessly written by Ms Miller. It is a tale of the mingling of two very different worlds; of despair, that which comes from the loss of hope, and of the possibility of healing. The characters are vivid, so much so that it's impossible to detect which world, if either, is Ms Miller's. The book is written in dialect, which only adds to the veracity of the story. The subtleties of the characters are carefully drawn out, their motives are gently revealed. The narrative moves forward at a quickening pace, by the end it is certain that something must give, and it does. Ms Miller has blended these two worlds, the suburbs and the inner-city, such that the interplay between them makes a compelling, believable story. It rings true. How Ms Miller managed to do this given the diverse nature of the characters is the question. Without even hinting at the ending--the reader comes away with the knowledge that they have experienced something real, even heroic. This book is written by someone who loves to write.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it and enjoy! January 18, 2005
This is an absorbing, honest, and very compelling novel. The story is told from the point of view, and in the colorful language, of a young Jamaican woman who works as a domestic employee for an affluent family in suburban Chicago. This scenario could easily devolve into a cast of stereotypes, but the author never falls into this trap. From south side ghetto inhabitant to presumably privileged suburbanite, the characters who populate this novel --- as well as their tragedies and triumphs --- are all believable, fully-realized, and very human. No one is reduced to simply black or white, either in the racial/cultural sense or the good vs. bad continuum. You'll care about everyone in this book. Read it and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, insightful, and uplifting July 28, 2005
This beautifully written novel tells the story of Indigo Rosemartin, a Jamaican woman struggling to adjust simultaneously to life in urban America and to the devastating loss of her young daughter. Miller's compelling and culturally sensitive narrative creates a memorable and powerful character, and the author's training as a psychologist reveals itself in the subtlety and profundity of her insight into the human condition. Although this book deals with dark topics, it carries a hopeful message that readers will find ultimately uplifting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing prose May 20, 2005
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Indigo Rose is written in mesmerizing prose. The lyricism of the writing pulls the reader into the narrative and I was swept away to a variety of locations-- Jamaica, the Chicago suburbs, a gambling den. The diverse elements reach a conclusion which renews our faith in healing and the power of forgiveness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING READ January 11, 2005
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I feel like I knew Indigo personally after reading this book.

The only thing I could ask for is more of her story. What happened to her over the years?
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