Details

ISBN-10: 1982137800
ISBN-13: 9781982137809
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 03/23/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.20" H

Red Island House

Hardcover

Price: $27.00

Overview

From National Book Award-nominated writer Andrea Lee comes Red Island House, a travel epic that opens a window on the mysterious African island of Madagascar, and on the dangers of life and love in paradise, as seen through the eyes of a Black American heroine.

“People do mysterious things when they think they have found paradise,” reflects Shay, the heroine of Red Island House. When Shay, an intrepid Black American professor, marries Senna, a brash Italian businessman, she doesn’t imagine that her life’s greatest adventure will carry her far beyond their home in Milan: to an idyllic stretch of beach in Madagascar where Senna builds a flamboyant vacation villa. Before she knows it, she becomes the reluctant mistress of a sprawling household, caught between her privileged American upbringing and her connection to the continent of her ancestors. So begins Shay’s journey into the heart of a remote African country. Can she keep her identity and her marriage intact amid the wild beauty and the lingering colonial sins of this mysterious world that both captivates and destroys foreigners?

A mesmerizing, powerful tale of travel and self-discovery that evokes Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Red Island House showcases an extraordinary literary voice and gorgeously depicts a lush and unknown world.

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Reviews
"Brilliant and tragic."
Booklist, starred review

"A mesmerizing novel... The lush natural habitat and privileged ex-pat existence contrast starkly with the island's poverty and traditions, and Lee makes magic of this to deliver a singularly intriguing and mysterious saga that casts an enduring spell."
O Magazine, Most Anticipated Books of 2021

"Gorgeous writing, fascinating stories, and a vibrant cast of locals and expats dance around this basic theme ... An utterly captivating, richly detailed, and highly critical vision of how the one percent lives in neocolonial paradise."
–Kirkus, starred review

"Seductive... the writing is vivid... the overall impact is quietly powerful."
–Publishers Weekly

"Lee is known for the evocative settings of her...books...I'm excited to travel to Madagascar with her new novel."
–The Every Girl

"The star is Madagascar... whose terrain is so gorgeously described by Lee that any reader with an ounce of adventurousness would move to the island tomorrow. But beauty can never hide tension for long, and Lee deftly handles race and class in ways that resonate even for those who could not find Madagascar with a GPS."
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Details

ISBN-10: 1982137800
ISBN-13: 9781982137809
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 03/23/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 1.20" H
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