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One evening in a bar in California, Pagan Miranda Flores finds herself pointing a gun at a drunk who promises to keep her happy the way women deserve to be - "barefoot and pregnant from sixteen to sixty." That is when she decides to take a break from America, from her job and her lover, and journeys to Goa, where her grandmother Dona Gabriela lies on her deathbed. As she reacquaints herself with her Indian family, Pagan revives old relationships - and disaffections - and is drawn back into the rhythm of life in the village she knew as a child. Until her old ayah, Esperanca, begins to tell her about the history of her family...In Esperanca's strange and haunting stories, reality and fantasy overlap in a grand narrative of greed, passion and memory. Pagan learns of an iron-willed matriarch who manipulated her children and their love to preserve appearances, a slave runner destroyed by his own ambition, and a family of powerful women who kept alive the tradition of the African Goddess in the midst of degradation. An engrossing tapestry of tales that spans three continents and several generations, Skin is an exhilarating first novel that celebrates the art of storytelling.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 18mm | 299.38g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141004657
  • 9780141004655

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Margaret Mascarenhas is an American-born freelance writer, columnist and editorial consultant of Goan origin who has lived, worked and taught in the U.S. and India during the course of her career. Currently she divides her time between Goa and California.
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