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Home Book Review VALMIKI'S DAUGHTER by Shani Mootoo

VALMIKI'S DAUGHTER by Shani Mootoo

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A hugely entertaining and hypnotically beautiful family saga about the corrosive power of secrets. The story centres on wealthy Trinidadian family – Valmiki, a renowned doctor and loving, if confused, father; and his eldest daughter, Viveka,  lively, intelligent, and intent on escaping the gilded cage that protects but also smothers her.

In Valmiki’s Daughter, Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist and best-selling novelist Shani Mootoo explores family relationships, and the competing pulls of race, class, and sexuality, in a tale laced with humour. The author offers a refreshingly different view of Trinidad, evocatively capturing the island’s cultural ethos, and social conventions at odds with hidden desires and family secrets.

With this masterful novel, Shani Mootoo gives us a vibrant and uplifting book, full of the vigorous stuff of life.

Month: September 2010.

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