Island beneath the sea : a novel /

by Allende, Isabel; Peden, Margaret Sayers.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Harper, 2010Edition: 1st ed.Description: 457 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780061988240 :; 0061988243.Title notes: $26.99 5-2010 (db)$26.99 6/7/2010BRA $26.99 6/21/2010Uniform titles: Isla bajo el mar. English.Subject(s): Racially mixed women -- Fiction | Women slaves -- Fiction | Sugar plantations -- Fiction | Plantation life -- Fiction | Haiti -- Fiction | Caribbean Area -- Fiction | Historical fictionSummary: "The story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible"--Provided by publisher.
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<p>"Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers."<br> <br> -- Los Angeles Times</p> <p>From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende (Inés of My Soul, The House of the Spirits, Portrait in Sepia) tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny.</p> <p>Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarité--known as Tété--is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Tété surivves a childhood of brutality and fear, finding solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in her exhilarating initiation into the mysteries of voodoo.</p> <p>When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, he discovers that running his father's plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. Marriage also proves problematic when, eight years later, he brings home a bride. But it is his teenaged slave Tété who becomes Valmorain's most inportant confindant. </p> <p>A heartwrenching and powerful story story of an extraordinary woman who forges her identity and finds love and freedom under the cruelest of circumstances. Isabelle Allende has done it again.</p>

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"The story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible"--Provided by publisher.

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Library Journal Review

Zariete, known as Tete, is born a slave in Haiti, then called Saint-Domingue, in 1700. She is bought by Toulouse Valmorain, a young Frenchman whose ideals quickly disappear in the brutality of life on a sugar plantation. Tete tenderly cares for Valmorain's son and, since she is her master's property, bears two of the master's children herself. She helps Valmorain and the children escape just as the bloody violence of the slave revolt reaches the plantation. They set sail for New Orleans, a raucous city where Tete finds more family drama and, finally, love and freedom. Verdict Confining Allende's trademark magic realism to the otherworldly solace Tete finds in the island's voodoo, this timely and absorbing novel is another winning Allende story filled with adventure, vivid characters, and richly detailed descriptions of life in the Caribbean at that time. Sure to be popular with Allende's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/10.]-Leslie Patterson, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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