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Prospero's daughter : a novel
Elizabeth Nunez
Adult Fiction NUNEZ

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Summary: A spellbinding new novel from acclaimed author Elizabeth Nunez, Prospero's Daughter is a brilliantly conceived retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest set on a lush Caribbean island during the height of tensions between the native population and British colonists. Addressing questions of race, class, and power, it is first and foremost the story of a boy and a girl who come of age and violate the ultimate taboo. Cut off from the main island of Trinidad by a glistening green sea, Chacachacare has few inhabitants besides its colony of lepers and a British doctor who fled England with his three-year-old daughter, Virginia. An amoral genius, Peter Gardner had used his talents to unsavory ends, experimenting, often with fatal results, on unsuspecting patients. Blackmailed by his own brother, Peter ends up on the small island as England's empire is starting to crumble. On Chacachacare, Peter experiments chiefly on the wild Caribbean flora-and on the dark-skinned orphan Carlos, whose home he steals. Though Peter considers the boy no better than a savage, he nonetheless schools the child alongside his daughter. But as Carlos and Virginia grow up under the same roof, they become deeply and covertly attached to one another. When Peter discovers the pair's secret and accuses Carlos of a heinous crime, it is up to a brusque, insensitive English inspector to discover the truth. During his investigation, a disturbing picture begins to emerge as a monstrous secret is finally drawn into the light. From the Hardcover edition.


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main characters Peter Gardner
Male
Father
Botched medical experiment made him an outlaw; fled with his daughter to an island; taches Carlos biology, astronomy, music; accuses Carlos of attmepted rape of his daughter.
Doctor

Carlos
Male
Mixed race
House is stolen by Peter; falls in love with Virginia.

Virginia
Female
Peter's daughter; falls in love with Carlos.



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