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Swinging Bridge [Paperback]

Ramabai Espinet

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Book Description

Aug. 19 2004
The Swinging Bridge is a moving story of race and displacement that carries the reader effortlessly from 19th-century India to the cane fields of Trinidad, and the contemporary urban centres of North America. Mona, a young Indo-Caribbean woman who grew up in Trinidad, must finally confront not only her own turbulent past, but the secrets of a winding family history begun on the Indian continent almost two centuries ago.

A richly layered novel that is steeped in the lyrical rhythms of Caribbean life, The Swinging Bridge explores the immigrant experience with compassion and humour, giving voice to a heroine whose universal search for self is revealed in worlds marked by violence and shame, but also by love and respect. The fiction debut from a writer with a fresh and unique talent, The Swinging Bridge resonates long after the final page.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada (Aug. 19 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006485952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006485957
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RAMABAI ESPINET was born in Trinidad and has lived in Canada for 25 years. She is a poet, a writer of fiction and essays, a critic and an academic. Her published works include the poetry collection Nuclear Seasons, and two children’s books, The Princess of Spadina and Ninja’s Carnival. She lives in Toronto.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book March 16 2009
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Swinging bridge is one of my favourite books; the storytelling and description is beautiful. I identify with this book since I'm from Trinidad and I know which all girls school she is talking about. A definite read for anyone who wants to feel what life was like in Trinidad back in the days :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Important & beautiful work Sept. 22 2012
By JJP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A story of a girl, a family, a culture. I learned a lot about Trinidad and Tobago from this book, and I was born on the island and lived there for the first 23 years of my life. The writing is honest and courageous. The characters are alive. The sense of place is strong. The dialog is authentic. There are several descriptive passages that are truly beautiful. This is a book with heart and soul.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel Jan. 5 2010
By Iman Loves Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A must read! Insightful and touching. Diaspora is a subject not many people are familiar about. The effects of migrations are detailed in a very insightful and emotional way. An excellent read.

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