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    • Publication date:01 Mar 2012

Redemption in Indigo

By Karen Lord

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Inspired by a Senegalese folk tale, Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale from a dynamic new voice, set in a fresh, surprising and utterly original world.

'This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed' - Booklist

A clever, contemporary fairy tale from a dynamic new voice, set in a fresh, surprising and utterly original world.

Paama's husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents' home in the village of Makendha, but now he's disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn.

When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones - the djombi - who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.

Unfortunately, not all the djombi are happy about this gift. The Indigo Lord believes this power should be his and his alone, and he will do anything to get it back. Chaos is about to reign supreme . . .

Bursting with humour and rich in fantastic detail, Redemption in Indigo is a masterful, magical retelling of a Senegalese folk tale.

'The perfect antidote to the formula fantasies currently flooding the market' - Guardian

Biographical Notes

Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel, Redemption in Indigo, won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award for Best Debut Novel and the Mythopoeic Award, and was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Redemption in Indigo and The Best of All Possible Worlds, the prequel to The Galaxy Game, are published by Jo Fletcher Books.

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  • ISBN: 9781780873091
  • Publication date: 01 Mar 2012
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A clever, exuberant mix of Caribbean and Senegalese influences . . . Lord manages to compress her story while balancing the cosmic and the personal - all with a verve that would be the envy of many veteran novelists — New York Times Book Review
The perfect antidote to the formula fantasies currently flooding the market — Guardian
You can almost hear the beat of African drums as the rhythm of the prose reverberates through your mind, and you will almost wish that you were listening to someone reading it aloud, the way folk tales are meant to be told — Book Monkey
This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed — Booklist
Redemption in Indigo . . . combine[s] comedy, a sense of mythic-ness, gravity, and sheer elegance — Charles Tan
The characters are beautifully drawn . . . the adventure points beyond itself to insights about human experience in general — Fantasy Faction
The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful — Nalo Hopkinson
The whole thing is enormous fun, thanks not least to a chatty, companionable narrator . . . Ace. — SFX
This retelling of a Senegalese folk tale packs a great deal of subtly alluring storytelling into this small package — Publishers Weekly
'You can almost hear the beat of African drums as the rhythm of the prose reverberates through your mind, and you will almost wish that you were listening to someone reading it aloud, the way folk tales are meant to be told' Book Monkey. — Book Monkey
'This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed' Booklist. — Booklist
'Redemption in Indigo ... combine[s] comedy, a sense of mythic-ness, gravity, and sheer elegance' Charles Tan. — Charles Tan
'The characters are beautifully drawn ... the adventure points beyond itself to insights about human experience in general' Fantasy Faction. — Fantasy Faction
'The perfect antidote to the formula fantasies currently flooding the market' Guardian. — Guardian
'The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful' Nalo Hopkinson. — Nalo Hopkinson
'A clever, exuberant mix of Caribbean and Senegalese influences ... Lord manages to compress her story while balancing the cosmic and the personal - all with a verve that would be the envy of many veteran novelists' New York Times Book Review. — New York Times Book Review
'This retelling of a Senegalese folk tale packs a great deal of subtly alluring storytelling into this small package' Publishers Weekly. — Publishers Weekly
'The whole thing is enormous fun, thanks not least to a chatty, companionable narrator ... Ace' SFX. — SFX
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