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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446563927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446563925
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Black Isle is an elegant, disturbing and satisfying read, both epic and intimate."—The Los Angeles Times

"Beautifully written, with a storyline that spans 70 years, The Black Isle is a historical novel that is both breathtaking and haunting. The characters are vivid - some simply charming, some horrifyingly scary - and the plot has so many twists and turns it seems as though you're reading a winding country road....The Black Isle is an engaging and engrossing novel that will absolutely captivate you and should not be missed. It will take you on a journey you will not soon forget."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"An ambitious, supernatural coming-of-age story... With its paranormal-meets-goth sensibility and angsty, flawed-but-fierce heroine, The Black Isle is a natural fit for the Twilight crowd."—The LA Times

"Tan constructs a debut novel that is beautifully written yet deeply disturbing. Gritty and intensely erotic, it grips readers with Cassandra's visions while pushing them away with the brutality of her life. Not a story for the faint of heart, it will engage those looking for a gothic depiction of WWII in Asia and the ghosts that haunt us."—Library Journal

"Destined to be among summer's sleeper hits is filmmaker Sandi Tan's gulpable first novel,The Black Isle."—Vogue.com

"Mesmerizing . . . a gripping historical novel . . . Tan's imagination seems boundless."—Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)

"A cinematically epic ghost story."—Kirkus Reviews

"Tan reveals a rich imagination and a lush style in this first novel...riveting...will sweep readers into the action."—Booklist

"On The Black Isle, a young woman grows old with the Twentieth Century, haunting her own life as history conspires to render her a secret. Sweeping in scope, impressively imagined, ruthlessly readable."—Steve Erickson, author of These Dreams of You

"Rich in vivid characters, and written with great imagination and intelligence, The Black Isle is a remarkable novel. A haunting book, mesmerizing in its beauty, which stayed with me long after I finished the last page."—Judith Freeman, author of The Long Embrace and Red Water

"The narrator of The Black Isle recounts her tales of fantastic events -- erotic, supernatural, horrific -- so convincingly that Tarot cards might as well be baseball cards in her book. An irresistible feat of storytelling, The Black Isle blends what Midnight's Children did for the former Bombay with what Dorothy did for Oz."—Tom Carson, author of Gilligan's Wake and Daisy Buchanan's Daughter

About the Author

Sandi Tan was born in Singapore and has an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Her short films have been shown around the world at venues such as the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, MoMA, and on European television. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, the critic John Powers, and their bossy Siamese, Nico. You can visit her website at www.SandiTan.com.
THE BLACK ISLE is her debut novel.

More About the Author

SANDI TAN was born in Singapore, and received an MFA in Film from Columbia University. Before turning to fiction, she was a film critic and filmmaker; her short films have shown at museums and festivals around the world, including the New York Film Festival, as well as on European television. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, the film critic John Powers, and their Siamese cat Nico.

THE BLACK ISLE is her debut novel. www.sanditan.com

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"An ambitious, supernatural coming-of-age story... With its paranormal-meets-goth sensibility and angsty, flawed-but-fierce heroine, THE BLACK ISLE is a natural fit for the TWILIGHT crowd... But the book is decidedly darker than the vampire series and not without social commentary."
--LOS ANGELES TIMES (August 5, 2012)

"Destined to be among summer's sleeper hits is Sandi Tan's gulpable first novel, THE BLACK ISLE (Grand Central)... A juicy psychosexual odyssey."
--VOGUE (August 6, 2012)

"An engaging and engrossing novel that will absolutely captivate you and should not be missed. It will take you on a journey you will not soon forget."
--PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER (August 4, 2012)

"Elegant, disturbing and satisfying...both epic and intimate."
--LA WEEKLY (August 31, 2012)

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Customer Reviews

The storyline reads like an autobiography as Ling-Cassandra tells her epic adventures during several troubled decades.
Harriet Klausner
Sandi Tan's command of language and ability to develop entirely believable characters are impressive as is her richly constructed and detailed story line.
Sara Greenberg
The less good (nothing was in fact, bad about this book)was at times the paranormal aspect was too fantastical and took me out of the vibe of the story.
C. Cooley

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Clarice Marchman-Jones on July 15, 2012
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I was attracted to this title because it was described as a ghost story, and I LOVE ghost stories. The Kindle sample started with a lot of mystery revealed by an elderly woman who had apparently led an extraordinary life and now believes she is being erased from history. There have been undeniable "signs" that something significant is going to happen very soon, and then she starts getting the phone calls. Is she just paranoid? Is she hallucinating? She finally allows the mysterious caller who has been requesting an interview in order to "fill in the missing pieces of history" into her apartment and begins telling her story. I was already completely hooked and downloaded the book.

Ling's story begins when she is 7-years-old. She is living a life of privilege in Shanghai in the 1920s. She is both sheltered and neglected by her upper middle class Chinese parents, but she is content until a mysterious occurrence in the park creates an emotional rift between her and her twin brother. This is the catalyst that causes her to start seeing ghosts. Then, the same year, her father loses his position as a professor at the university and is persuaded by his wife to seek employment on an equatorial island between the South China Sea and the Malacca Strait. At this point, the family splits - Ling and her twin brother Li go to the Black Isle with their incompetent father, and their toddler twin sisters stay in Shanghai with their agoraphobic mother.

Then begins Ling's epic odyssey of survival and self-discovery during which she eventually reinvents herself and renames herself Cassandra.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Donna C on July 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was floored with THE BLACK ISLE from the second I started reading it. Written in a voice that's so incredibly engaging that you can't take your eyes from the page, it sucks you into an old world China where women are barely second class citizens and, depending on your status, superstition rules your life.

Cassandra goes through an epic transformation throughout the book. The story starts with Cassandra as an old woman both running from and to her past. She relives the world of her island through an out-of-print book at the library. When she find that "her" book has been desecrated, her world gets rocked. And infiltrated, by a less-than-welcome guest that wants Cassandra's story. The plot flips back to the present a few times throughout the book, reminding the reader that Cassandra is narrating the story to someone, that there's a reason for this recounting.

When the greater story begins, Cassandra is Ling, twin of Li, the latter the more favored child because of his male status and the fact that Cassandra hogged the goods in the womb. So while she came out nice and healthy Li was a bit starved. To see the dynamic between brother and sister based on the parents' behavior was, at times, horrifying to watch. They're twins so they share the same birthday except Cassandra didn't get gifts. Those were reserved for the favored son. It's a cultural aspect that I had a hard time getting over and it really bothered me to read.

I'll admit, Chinese culture isn't something I'm crazy about but the ghost story aspect of THE BLACK ISLE drew me in and I actually learned quite a few things about the culture. And it even answered a few of my questions about the people in general.
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Format: Hardcover
Tan merges the land of the dead with the living in a novel filled with history, enchantment, ghosts and the horrors of war. From the time of Ling's arrival in the 1920s from her home in Shanghai to the Black Isle on the Indonesian archipelago teeming with immigrants, the landscape is rife with opportunists and the victims of progress, from the enterprising newcomers on the island searching for work to the long-dead inhabitants Ling views at every turn. Since her scholarly father has lost his job in Shanghai, Ling and her twin brother, Li, accompany him to the island where they hope their fortunes will turn and allow them to send money home to a waiting mother and two younger twin girls. At the start of her island life, Ling's curiosity knows no bounds, even when weighted with the lost souls who watch her every move, the choices she makes for survival in the following years determining the nature of her relationships and the regrets of a lifetime. Yet, even as she adapts, Ling is compelled to embrace both sides of her nature, the loving twin and the determined girl who becomes a woman of import in an island struggling through the domination of British Colonialism, a world war and the invasion of the Japanese until the horrors of Hiroshima expel the conquerors.

Ling's existence is of two worlds, inextricably linked from the early days in the crowded city of their arrival to the years on a rubber plantation where she and Ling become the de facto overseers, to a new beginning in a rich family's household and a near-marriage to the wealthy heir where she renames herself Cassandra.
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