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Summary: The critically acclaimed, award-winning author of the classic historical novel Segu, Maryse CondÃ© has pieced together the life of her maternal grandmother to create a moving and profound novel. Maryse CondÃ©'s personal journey of discovery and revelation becomes ours as we learn of Victoire, her white-skinned mestiza grandmother who worked as a cook for the Walbergs, a family of white Creoles, in the French Antilles. Using her formidable skills as a storyteller, CondÃ© describes her grandmother as having "Australian whiteness for the color of her skin...She jarred with my world of women in Italian straw bonnets and men necktied in three-piece linen suits, all of them a very black shade of black. She appeared to me doubly strange." Victoire was spurred by CondÃ©'s desire to learn of her family history, resolving to begin her quest by researching the life of her grandmother. While uncovering the circumstances of Victoire's unique life story, CondÃ© also comes to grips with a haunting question: How could her own mother, a black militant, have been raised in the Walberg's home, a household of whites? Creating a work that takes readers into a time and place populated with unforgettable characters that inspire and amaze, CondÃ©'s blending of memoir and imagination, detective work and storytelling artistry, is a literary gem that readers won't soon forget.
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Was pregant at 16 by a well-respected womanizer who was twice her age; beaten by her father; ran away from her home and her shame; taken in by a white Creole family; had a talent for cooking.