My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy
The Peasant Girl

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Rosa Guy’s tropical retelling of "The Little Mermaid" is the gorgeous, tragic love story of Désirée, a beautiful peasant girl who devotes herself to the handsome, aristocratic young man whose life she has saved. When his upper-class fami-ly feels that Désirée’s skin is too dark and her family too poor for a boy destined for power and wealth, Désirée proves that she is willing to give everything for love. This lovely reprint will break your heart.

Born in Trinidad, Rosa Guy has written 15 novels and has received the Coretta Scott King Award, and The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year citation.

 

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Rosa Guy was born Rosa Cuthbert in Diego Martin, Trinidad on September 1, 1922. When she was 7, she and her older sister joined their parents in New York City. By the time she was 14, both of her parents had died. Before becoming an author, she studied acting at the American Negro Theater. She was among the founders of the Harlem Writers Guild in 1950. Her first book, Bird at My Window, was published in 1966. She wrote books for both young adults and adults. Her young adult books include The Friends, Ruby, and Edith Jackson. Her books for adults include A Measure of Time, Children of Longing, and My Love, My Love: Or, The Peasant Girl, which was made into a musical entitled Once on This Island. She died of cancer on June 3, 2012 at the age of 89.
 
Published November 1, 1985 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 119 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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she's made a compact: the gods saved Daniel from Death (from ""Papa G‚""--a deadly figure in black with a red mouth) ""on the promise of my soul!"" So there will be a pilgrim journey and hardship for D‚sir‚e, but admittance to the walled city of the rich and Daniel's health, wealth, and the...

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Daniel’s family is grateful, and Daniel himself more than grateful: he’s fallen in love with Désirée.

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Less convincing are the emotions portrayed: Daniel speaks of Désirée as "a girl who has given me hope," and after Désirée wins Daniel's approval, we read that her "dreams were now a reality."

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