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lush and memorable prose!,
This review is from: My Love, My Love: or The Peasant Girl (Paperback)
Agwe and Asaka, the gods of water and earth, are angry and drought empties the land as their quarrel overtakes the French Antilles. A peasant girl, abandoned as a child in the curve of a mango tree, finds safety in the home of an old peasant couple, but as her beauty grows, she dreams of wishes borne on the wings of butterflies and the love of a rich creole man's son whom she nursed back to health after a car accident. Her belief that their union is sanctioned by the gods, sends her on a journey as difficult as it is enlightening. But a promise to Papa Gé who guards the door of Death, is one that all souls must keep and Désirée must choose between her love and her life. Set in a land where "Misfortune sits at your table and won't leave until He sees your bones," Rosa Guy's haunting, tragic tale inspired by "The Little Mermaid" is the basis for the Broadway musical, Once On This Island. The author of thirteen other novels, Rosa Guy is a masterful storyteller whose prose is as lush and memorable as the original Hans Christian Anderson tale is old.
-- Sheree Renée Thomas