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October 23, 2010

42 Down, 10 To Go "Redemption in Indigo" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

When I pick up a new book these days, I generally read the first 10 pages or so to determine if it is a good candidate for this blog's Book Notes series, then I put it down (to await a response from the author or to give the book away). As I read the first pages of Karen Lord's slim debut novel Redemption in Indigo, I knew I wouldn't put the book down until the story was finished.

A modern retelling of a Senegalese legend, the book is both modern and mystical. There is magic in these pages, both in the story and Lord's flowing prose. Her narrator is humble, articulate, and wise, and Redemption in Indigo is yet another skillfully told fairy tale (of several this year) that truly transports the reader to another world where spirits take the shape of men and alter lives for better and for worse.

My next book is Julia Holmes' novel Meeks.


also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "best of the decade" book lists
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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