He Drown She in the Sea by Shani Mootoo
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Set on a fictional Caribbean island during World War II and in modern-day Vancouver, He Drown She in the Sea is the spellbinding story of two childhood friends reunited late in life. As children, Rose Sangha and her housekeeper's son, Harry, are inseparable, blissfully unaware of the subtleties of class hierarchy until the night Harry is banished from the Sangha home. When Harry and Rose meet again in Canada years later, the gulf separating them is not so apparent. They have a life-affirming affair and Rose dares to reroute their destinies. This is a haunting, sensuous, and suspenseful story about love against all odds, and the sacrifice and euphoria that come with defying the life one is born into.

About Shani Mootoo

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Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. A filmmaker and visual artist, she has written and directed several videos; her painings and photo-based works are exhibited internationally. Shani Mootoo is also a published poet and the author of "Out on Main Street, " a collection of stories. "Cereus Blooms at Night" is her first novel.
Published June 9, 2006 by Grove Press. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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The contrasted settings are Vancouver’s Elderberry Bay and the fictional island of Guanagaspar, an “unprotected archipelago strewn to one side of the Caribbean Sea.” It begins in “the present day,” with emigrant Vancouver landscape gardener Harry St. George’s dream of his homeland (and of a destr...

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Half-caste Harry St. George and his childhood love, Rose, the daughter of his mother's employer, are driven apart by the island's systemic patriarchy and racism, while also shaped by its simple beauty and languorous charms.

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It is the sea that links Harry’s Elderberry Bay residence in British Columbia with the fishing village of his childhood, symbolically merging both topographies to suggest an affinity between two seemingly disparate geographies and to indicate that, as an immigrant, he has found in Canada a home a...

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