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At the news of her son BJ's involvement in gang crime, Idora Morrison, a maid at the local university, collapses in her basement apartment. For four days and nights she retreats into a vortex of memory, pain, and disappointment that becomes a riveting expose of her life as a Caribbean immigrant living abroad. While she struggled to make ends meet, her deadbeat husband, Bertram, abandoned her for a better life in New York. Left alone to raise her son, Idora has done her best to survive against immense odds. But now that BJ has disappeared into a life of crime, she recoils from his loss and is unable to get out of bed, burdened by feelings of invisibility.As she summons the strength to investigate her son's troubles--and her own weaknesses--the book quietly builds to its crescendo. Eventually Idora finds her way back into the light with a courage that is both remarkable and unforgettable. More zeroes in, with laserlike intensity, on the interior life of an extraordinary "ordinary woman," showcasing Clarke's skill as a writer of inimitable force.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 32mm | 458.13g
  • Amistad Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061772402
  • 9780061772405

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"[Clarke is] a magnificent story teller."--NY Caribbean News
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115 ratings
3 out of 5 stars
5 6% (7)
4 30% (35)
3 33% (38)
2 18% (21)
1 12% (14)
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