The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

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A beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad Monique Roffey's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel is a gripping portrait of postcolonialism that stands among great works by Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and Andrea Levy. When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England, George is immediately seduced by the beguiling island, while Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill-at-ease. As they adapt to new circumstances, their marriage endures for better or worse, despite growing political unrest and racial tensions that affect their daily lives. But when George finds a cache of letters that Sabine has hidden from him, the discovery sets off a devastating series of consequences as other secrets begin to emerge.

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  • Paperback | 439 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143119516
  • 9780143119517
  • 400,179

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"A rich and highly engaging novel." -"The Guardian" "Roffey's evocation of Trinidad is extraordinarily vivid, the central relationship beautifully observed... deservedly short-listed for the Orange Prize." -Kate Saunders, "The Times" (London) "Heart-rending and thought-provoking, you will never again see the Caribbean as just another holiday destination." -"Elle" Magazine "Equal love and attention go into the marriage and the country at the heart of this Orange Prize short-listed novel... It's a book packed with meaty themes, from racism to corruption to passion and loyalty." -Seven, "The Sunday Telegraph" "Roffey's Orange Prize nominated book is a brilliant, brutal study of a marriage overcast by too much mutual compromise." -"The Independent" "A searing account of the bitter disappointment suffered by Trinidadians on securing their independence from British colonial rule and of the mixed feelings felt by a white co

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About Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and educated in the UK. Since then she has worked as a center director for the Arvon foundation and has held the post of Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Sussex, Chichester, and Greenwich universities. She is the author of the highly acclaimed novels "sun dog" and "Archipelago," which is a finalist for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She has also written a memoir, "With the Kisses of His Mouth." Read more about her writing at

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