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Daughters is the story of Ursa Mackenzie, a black woman caught between two cultures - the USA and the Caribbean. Rejecting the lure of success, Ursa turns her back on a well-paid corporate research job and a stable, if loveless, relationship with a black academic. Remaining true to herself involves returning to Triunion, her Caribbean island, where she is forced to confront the moral and political ambiguities that underpin the charisma of her father, a leading politician. With compassion and honesty, Paule Marshall shows how the past always intrudes on the present. For Ursa, this means accepting that her life in the United States is bound by events that took place a long time ago in another wing of the black diaspora.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852422939
  • 9781852422936

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'Paule Marshall's Daughters is that rarity, a good and important book... You close Daughters feeling as if you have taken a dangerous trip that cannot leave you unchanged. Flawless in its sense of place and character, remarkable in its understanding of human nature, Daughters is a triumph in every way? New York Times Book Review
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About Paule Marshall

Paule Marshall is the author of The Chosen People and Praisesong for the Widow, among many other novels. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she has taught in Yale, Colombia, Cornell and Oxford Universities. She is currently teaching in New York.
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124 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 22% (27)
4 32% (40)
3 35% (44)
2 8% (10)
1 2% (3)
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