In 1824, on the island of Trinidad, Marie Ursule, queen of a secret society of militant slaves, plots a mass suicide—a quiet, passionate act of revolt. But she cannot bring herself to kill her small daughter, Bola, whom she smuggles away in the early dawn light. As Bola's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren spill out across the world to America, Canada and Europe, they find their lives both haunted and vindicated by the dreams and passions of their defiant ancestor. The interconnected stories of six generations of Marie Ursule's descendants form a lush, beguiling and beautifully told history of dispossession, and bring this Governor General's Award-winning writer into the front rank of the world's novelists.
DIONNE BRAND's literary credentials are legion. Her novel, Theory, won the 2019 OCM BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature, and was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Her poetry collection, The Blue Clerk, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Prize. Her collection Ossuaries won the Griffin Poetry Prize, and other collections have won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Among her novels, In Another Place, Not Here was selected as a NYT Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book by the Globe and Mail; At the Full and Change of the Moon was selected a Best Book by the LA Times; and What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and from 2009 to 2012 she served as Toronto's Poet Laureate. In 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada. Brand is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.
"One of the essential works of our times . . . Rich, elegiac . . . nothing short of brilliant." —The Globe and Mail
"Sensuous . . . wildly lyrical . . . wonderful . . . Extremely impressive in the range of its characters and situations . . . It is an unforgettable world [that] pierces the imagination." —The Toronto Star
"Rich and vibrant . . . Dionne Brand continues to wrestle with her restless poetics in an effort to forge a language bold enough for the big ideas she likes to cram into her fiction . . . Sensuous, sometimes hallucinatory prose . . . Brand's is a voice both brave and beautiful." —NOW
"Extraordinary . . . Dionne Brand . . . exults in the power of language and deploys it to lure us from harsh reality to metaphysical heights . . . The prose, so close to poetry, [is] almost musical." —National Post
". . . tough, unflinching . . . hauntingly beautiful. The novel creates a rich world . . ." —Philip Marchand, the Toronto Star
"Brand draws us into a fierce, incendiary plantation world, a lush, dense revolutionary zone . . . through the sheer force of her imagination wills an obscured history back to life." —The Montreal Gazette (4/3/99)
". . . a brilliant work. Like all her writing, Brand’s work here is dense, beautiful and sure, but what makes this work even bigger again is her evocation of an intricately connected past and present." —Georgia Straight (8/8/99)
". . . At the Full and Change of the Moon is simply a beautiful, frightening and engaging book . . . [A] powerful novel." —Books in Canada (30/7/99)