Genie and Paul by Natasha Soobramanien
Book of the Year - Guardian 2012
Best Fiction - Foyles 2012
First Book Award - Anobii 2012
Shortlisted - Amazon Rising Stars 2012
Genie and Paul is an utterly original love story: the story of a sister's love for a lost brother, and the story of his love for an island that has never really existed.
"A vivid account of exile and expatriation... when it comes to mood and melancholy, Soobramanien's grasp is unerring. Genie and Paul is nothing short of remarkable." - Time Out
One morning in May 2003, on the cyclone-ravaged island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean, the body of a man washes up on the beach.
Six weeks previously, the night Tropical Cyclone Kalunde first gathered force, destruction of another kind hit twenty-six-year-old Genie Lallan and her life in London: after a night out with her brother she wakes up in hospital to discover that he’s disappeared. Where has Paul gone and why did he abandon her at the club where she collapsed?
Genie’s search for him leads her to Rodrigues, sister island to Mauritius – their island of origin, and for Paul, the only place he has ever felt at home. Will Genie track Paul down? And what will she find if she does?
"Soobramanien vividly describes the forced deportation of people from the Chagos Islands, made homeless in the early 1970s to make room for a US military base... [she] makes increasingly clear as the book goes on, not just nostalgic literary tropes but real violations inflicted on real people... [and] deftly describes the experience of returning to a long-lost 'home' only to find that one is not fully recognised by those who never left." - The National
Also available as an eBook
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (16 Aug. 2012)
Size: 129mm x198mm
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