Tree of Life by Maryse Conde
A Novel of the Caribbean

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"It is impossible to read her novels and not come away from them with both a sadder and more exhilarating understanding of the human heart."
Rapidly shifting between Guadeloupe and Harlem, moving from Haiti's desperate slums to the exclusive enclaves of the Parisian upper class, this deeply personal tale traces one Guadeloupe family's rise from poverty to riches through several generations.

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About Maryse Conde

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Maryse Conde is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including "Crossing the Mangrove, Segu, Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?, " and "I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem." She lives in New York and Montebello, Guadeloupe.
Published September 1, 1992 by Ballantine Books. 371 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the narrator's forebear, Albert Louis, decides to go to Panama to make his fortune building the canal rather than stay at home cutting sugar like all his fellow blacks, he begins the ascendancy of the Louis family--a family that over the years will be divided by color (not just black and whi...

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In the next generation, the beautiful and intelligent Thecla divides her passions between affairs and politics, involving herself in every place she even briefly calls home, be it the Paris, New York, Jamaica or Haiti of the '60s and '70s.

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