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The Roving Tree

by Elsie Augustave

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One of the South Florida Times's Best Bets For Your Weekend!
Essence Magazine: Summer Reading Pick!
"Augustave, a first-time novelist, pens a well-balanced story about a young woman, caught between two worlds, who struggles to connect with her heritage...a polished narrative that addresses racism and cultural and class differences and provides a wealth of information about vaudou beliefs."
Kirkus Reviews
"With her skillful incorporation of literary realism, Augustave brilliantly synthesizes the cultural richness of Haitian Vodou and the impoverished socio-political affairs of Haiti, along with the acidic polluted gush of racism that is deeply drenched in American society."
Haitian Times
"Augustave creates a stunning tale with beautiful language that dwells in the realm of magical realism...The characters are rich, complicated and full of color and nuance."
Mosaic Magazine
"A gorgeous new novel about a Haitian adoptee finding her way in many different corners of the world."
Edwidge Danticat, in the New York Times's By the Book feature
"A fulfilling, exciting and ultra-lyrical read, The Roving Tree is really a novel about a lost soul's identity quest."
Kreyolicious.com
"The Roving Tree is both a song and a social essay. It provides a window on a world and rounds out by circling back to the prologue."
Asheville Citizen-Times
"Augustave...illustrates the devastating rootlessness of cultural disaffiliation."
World Literature Today
"A fresh new voice who adds her own charming, beguiling brand of lyricism to the growing body of Haitian American stories. The Roving Tree is a unique and fascinating book, and I for one look forward to hearing more from this writer."
Lorna Goodison, author of From Harvey River
"A beautiful, layered, nuanced story about a woman finding herself."
NBC COZI TV
"A great journey...quite enjoyable well worth the read."
HIP Magazine
"It's this attention to a blend of social issues, politics and transformation that enrich The Roving Tree and give it the kind of dimension and depth missing from singular stories of either adoptees or immigrants from other cultures."
Midwest Book Review
"A well-written story with fleshed-out characters who are very much products of their time....This story made me realize how much of a force of nature ordinary people can be."
Idle Musings
"I cannot begin to describe how deeply moved I was by The Roving Tree...completely worth a read. Simply stated, it's a blessing."
Read at Home Mama
Elsie Augustave's debut novel, The Roving Tree, explores multiple themes: separation and loss, rootlessness, the impact of class privilege and color consciousness, and the search for cultural identity. The central character, Iris Odys, is the offspring of Hagathe, a Haitian maid, and Brahami, a French-educated mulatto father who cares little about his child.
Hagathe, who had always dreamt of a better life for her child, is presented with the perfect opportunity when Iris is five years old. Adopted by a white American couple, an anthropologist and art gallery owner, Iris is transported from her tiny remote Haitian village, Monn Neg, to an American suburb.
The Roving Tree illuminates how imperfectly assimilated adoptees struggle to remember their original voices and recapture their personal histories and cultural legacy. Set between two...


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Publisher: Akashic Books

Kindle Book

  • Release date: May 14, 2013

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781617751738
  • Release date: May 14, 2013

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9781617751738
  • File size: 1536 KB
  • Release date: May 14, 2013

PDF eBook

  • ISBN: 9781617751738
  • File size: 1994 KB
  • Release date: May 14, 2013

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One of the South Florida Times's Best Bets For Your Weekend!
Essence Magazine: Summer Reading Pick!
"Augustave, a first-time novelist, pens a well-balanced story about a young woman, caught between two worlds, who struggles to connect with her heritage...a polished narrative that addresses racism and cultural and class differences and provides a wealth of information about vaudou beliefs."
Kirkus Reviews
"With her skillful incorporation of literary realism, Augustave brilliantly synthesizes the cultural richness of Haitian Vodou and the impoverished socio-political affairs of Haiti, along with the acidic polluted gush of racism that is deeply drenched in American society."
Haitian Times
"Augustave creates a stunning tale with beautiful language that dwells in the realm of magical realism...The characters are rich, complicated and full of color and nuance."
Mosaic Magazine
"A gorgeous new novel about a Haitian adoptee finding her way in many different corners of the world."
Edwidge Danticat, in the New York Times's By the Book feature
"A fulfilling, exciting and ultra-lyrical read, The Roving Tree is really a novel about a lost soul's identity quest."
Kreyolicious.com
"The Roving Tree is both a song and a social essay. It provides a window on a world and rounds out by circling back to the prologue."
Asheville Citizen-Times
"Augustave...illustrates the devastating rootlessness of cultural disaffiliation."
World Literature Today
"A fresh new voice who adds her own charming, beguiling brand of lyricism to the growing body of Haitian American stories. The Roving Tree is a unique and fascinating book, and I for one look forward to hearing more from this writer."
Lorna Goodison, author of From Harvey River
"A beautiful, layered, nuanced story about a woman finding herself."
NBC COZI TV
"A great journey...quite enjoyable well worth the read."
HIP Magazine
"It's this attention to a blend of social issues, politics and transformation that enrich The Roving Tree and give it the kind of dimension and depth missing from singular stories of either adoptees or immigrants from other cultures."
Midwest Book Review
"A well-written story with fleshed-out characters who are very much products of their time....This story made me realize how much of a force of nature ordinary people can be."
Idle Musings
"I cannot begin to describe how deeply moved I was by The Roving Tree...completely worth a read. Simply stated, it's a blessing."
Read at Home Mama
Elsie Augustave's debut novel, The Roving Tree, explores multiple themes: separation and loss, rootlessness, the impact of class privilege and color consciousness, and the search for cultural identity. The central character, Iris Odys, is the offspring of Hagathe, a Haitian maid, and Brahami, a French-educated mulatto father who cares little about his child.
Hagathe, who had always dreamt of a better life for her child, is presented with the perfect opportunity when Iris is five years old. Adopted by a white American couple, an anthropologist and art gallery owner, Iris is transported from her tiny remote Haitian village, Monn Neg, to an American suburb.
The Roving Tree illuminates how imperfectly assimilated adoptees struggle to remember their original voices and recapture their personal histories and cultural legacy. Set between two...


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Akashic Books

    Kindle Book
    Release date: May 14, 2013

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781617751738
    Release date: May 14, 2013

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9781617751738
    File size: 1536 KB
    Release date: May 14, 2013

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9781617751738
    File size: 1994 KB
    Release date: May 14, 2013

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  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
    PDF eBook
  • Languages
    English