The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson

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First it's her mother's missing gold brooch. Then, a blue and white dish she hasn't seen in years. Followed by an entire grove of cashew trees.

When objects begin appearing out of nowhere, Calamity knows that the special gift she has not felt since childhood has returned-her ability to find lost things. Calamity, a woman as contrary as the tides around her Caribbean island home, is confronting two of life's biggest dramas. First is the death of her father, who raised her alone until a pregnant Calamity rejected him when she was sixteen years old. The second drama: she's starting menopause. Now when she has a hot flash and feels a tingling in her hands, she knows it's a lost object calling to her.

Then she finds something unexpected: a four-year-old boy washes up on the shore, his dreadlocked hair matted with shells. Calamity decides to take the orphaned child into her care, which brings unexpected upheaval into her life and further strains her relationship with her adult daughter. Fostering this child will force her to confront all the memories of her own childhood-and the disappearance of her mother so many years before.

About Nalo Hopkinson

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Nalo Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous novels and short stories for adults. Nalo grew up in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana before moving to Canada when she was sixteen. This is her first young adult novel. Visit her online at
Published February 23, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 346 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A winningly told tale filled with regional color.

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Hopkinson (The Salt Roads, 2003, etc.) sets her latest in the fictional Caribbean nation of Cayaba.

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Her relationship with her daughter is strained and this could be her chance to make up for things she did not do right in the past.

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Her first couple novels were labelled science fiction, I'm not sure what people labelled her last one, and the publisher has identified the most recent release - The New Moon's Arms - as "mainstream magical realism".

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