Redemption in Indigo

Redemption in Indigo

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When Paama leaves her husband, she attracts the attention of the undying ones who present her with the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.

Perseus Publishing

“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 Makende, 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.

"Fantasy as a genre does not have boundaries," writes Lord. "It has roots. You may call it fantasy. I call it life."

Karen Lord was born in Barbados in 1968. She holds a science degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in the sociology of religion from the University of Wales.


In this funny, fresh fable, a villager leaves her husband and finds she can manipulate chaos.


Publisher: Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press ; [Minneapolis, Minn.] : Distributed to the trade by Consortium, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781931520669
1931520666
Branch Call Number: Fiction Lord
Characteristics: 188 p. ; 22 cm

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This book is based on a Senegalese folktale, about a Senegalese protagonist, by a Barbadian author.

When Paama leaves her husband, she attracts the attention of the undying ones who present her with the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. (Also available as an audiobook.)


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Jul 22, 2016

I love this story! Beautifully crafted characters, great narrative voice. A lesson or two delivered with a light, musical touch.

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