Swinging Bridge by Ramabai EspinetSwinging Bridge by Ramabai Espinet

Swinging Bridge

byRamabai Espinet

Paperback | August 30, 2004

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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.

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.
Title:Swinging BridgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:August 30, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006485952

ISBN - 13:9780006485957

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Swinging Bridge I've just finished reading this book, and it is outstanding! A real page-turner. One thing I especially liked was that the West Indian author did not explain every single reference, as if she had to apologize for something. She made me remember words that I hadn't heard since my own grandmother (an Indian who 'married Creole') used them when I was a child. The author manages to weave complex issues into a plot that can be airy and romantic one minute, and down to earth and plebeian the next. Thank you so much, Ramabai! I believe you wrote this book for me.
Date published: 2005-01-11