Swinging Bridge

Paperback | August 30, 2004

byRamabai Espinet

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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.

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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 secre...

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.
Format: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