Cereus Blooms at Night


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Grove Press
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. Her novels include Valmiki's Daughter, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Cereus Blooms at Night. Mootoo divides her time between Grenada and Canada. Her latest novel, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and short-listed for the Lambda Literary Award. Visit her website at shanimootoo.com.


"An impressive first novel . . . Mootoo has an impeccable ear and gives Tyler, the novel's narrator, a mellifluous voice . . . the plea for tolerance that lies at the heart of this novel is both authentic and powerful."-- "The New York Times Book Review"The sinuous unwinding of Mootoo's clever plot will remind many readers of Arundhati Roy's "The God of Small Things, which this novel resembles also in its plentitude of exotic detail, magical-realist interludes, and captivating language."-- "Kirkus Reviews (*Starred Review*)"The fecund and fertile cycles of Caribbean life pervade this powerful first novel from Mootoo, who invokes all the senses . . . to portray the town of Paradise on the fictional island of Lantanacamara."-- "Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*)""Cereus Blooms at Night is a gem, a wonderful flower of a first novel; Shani Mootoo can be counted as one of our most gifted writers."-- "Vancouver Sun"Strong, sad and sensual . . . "Cereus Blooms at Night is wrought as deftly as a piece of lacework . . . A confident and lively first novel."-- "Los Angeles Times"Fans of magical realism will revel in the superb narrative power of Shani Mootoo's debut novel . . . Mootoo is a masterful storyteller who has woven a fascinating narrative propelled by vividly drawn characters who are both achingly human and passionately bizarre."-- "The Washington Post"A story of magical power."-- Alice Munro