Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
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"The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful."--Nalo Hopkinson

Karen Lord's debut novel, which won the prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Prize in Barbados, is an intricately woven tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit.
Paama's husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents' home in the village of Makendha, now he's disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones--the djombi--who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone.
Bursting with humor and rich in fantastic detail, Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale that introduces readers to a dynamic new voice in Caribbean literature. Lord's world of spider tricksters and indigo immortals, inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale, will feel instantly familiar--but Paama's adventures are fresh, surprising, and utterly original.
 

About Karen Lord

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KAREN LORD has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel Redemption in Indigo won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award and the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, and was nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.




Author Residence: Barbados




Author Hometown: Barbados
 
Published July 6, 2010 by Small Beer Press. 188 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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May 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Redemption in Indigo: a novel

SF Signal

The storyteller breaks the fourth wall throughout the narrative, and it is clear, early and often, that Paama’s story is precisely and simply that: a story that you, the reader, are being told to by a master storyteller.

Jan 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Redemption in Indigo: a novel

SF Signal

Instead, the djombi of indigo absconds with Paama and takes her on a tour, showing her many wondrous sights and scenes, trying both to awe her with his own power and impress her with that of the Stick.

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Delicately balancing the influences of Senegalese, Caribbean, and European folk traditions, Lord forgoes fairy-tale cliché, instead offering tales of substantial power told by an omniscient narrator who teases us with a self-aware and dry humor.Redemption in Indigo revolves around the heroine Pa...

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The Caribbean Review of Books (CRB)

While everything converges rather tidily in Redemption in Indigo — Kwame’s quest for Paama with Paama’s “return” to Ansige with the indigo lord’s attempt to retrieve far more than the Chaos Stick — the narrator’s response to how much of human life is ruled by fate, choice, chaos, or chance is hasty.

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