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The Story of the Cannibal Woman

A Novel

by Maryse Conde, Richard Philcox (Translator)

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The Story of the Cannibal Woman by Maryse Conde, Richard Philcox (Translator)
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2007
    320 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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One dark night in Cape Town, Rosélie's husband goes out for a pack of cigarettes and never comes back. Not only is she left with unanswered questions about his violent death but she is also left without any means of support. At the urging of her housekeeper and best friend, the new widow decides to take advantage of the strange gifts she has always possessed and embarks on a career as a clairvoyant. As Rosélie builds a new life for herself and seeks the truth about her husband's murder, acclaimed Caribbean author Maryse Condé crafts a deft exploration of post-apartheid South Africa and a smart, gripping thriller.

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This literary novel with its multicultural themes may disappoint those expecting a conventional murder thriller." - PW.
"Conde's flair for sensual detail-Cape Town streetscapes, heady black coffee-and her wry cynicism offset flabby plotting." - Kirkus.

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