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Much as in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman's lyrical prose captures the lives of women and their families set in a world very different from our own. Here, the evocative tropical setting of Colonial St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies comes to life with lush description and mystical stories drawn from island lore. The wind, sea, skies, flowers, and birds take on magical qualities in a manner reminiscent of Marquez.
The central character is Rachel Pomie Petit Pissaro, who was the mother of Impressionist master, Camile Pissaro. The story spans three generations of her family and their struggle andconflict dealing with issues surrounding gender, race, religion, morality and ethics during the Colonial Era. Wonderful insight and new appreciation for Pissaro's gift are added benefits of this lovely book.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
A little melodramatic. I kept wanting to give up on it but still found it compelling. Also couldn't they have found a narrator that didn't mangle French pronunciation given that the characters are French origins? Still the story was colorful and an interesting look at a time and place that I knew nothing about.
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