Archipelago by Monique Roffey

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...appealingly warmhearted; readers will empathize with the endearing characters and want them to have a happy ending.
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A mesmerizing tale of a father and daughter’s sailing adventure from Trinidad to the Galapagos Islands, winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and finalist for the 2014 Orion Book Award
 

Monique Roffey, vibrant new voice in Caribbean fiction and author of the Orange Prize finalist The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, returns with Archipelago, a new novel that is a journey of redemption, healing, and hope in the wake of devastating loss.

            When a flood destroys Gavin Weald’s home in Trinidad and rips his family apart, life as he knows it will never be the same. A year later he returns to his house and tries to start over, but when the rainy season arrives, his daughter’s nightmares about the torrents make life there unbearable. So father and daughter—and their dog—embark upon a voyage to make peace with the waters. Their journey takes them far from their Caribbean island home, as they sail through archipelagos, encounter the grandeur of the sea, and meet with the challenges and surprises of the natural world.

 

About Monique Roffey

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Monique Roffey was born in Trinidad and educated in the United Kingdom. She is the author of the Orange Prize finalist The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, among other books. She lives in London.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Penguin Books. 369 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sophia Martelli on Sep 21 2013

...Archipelago flows with the slow tides of loss and grief, and is ultimately a lesson in the power of odysseys.

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Reviewed by Kapka Kassabova on Jul 27 2012

But look out for the astonishing scene with the albino whale "wailing like a cat or a man driven mad by grief", which is the centre of this big-hearted Moby-Dick story for our times.

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Reviewed by Natasha Tripney on Jun 30 2012

Roffey is adept at conveying wonder, of the father and daughter both, at the things they encounter along the way...

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on Mar 17 2013

...appealingly warmhearted; readers will empathize with the endearing characters and want them to have a happy ending.

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