Victoire

Victoire

My Mother's Mother

Book - 2010
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The critically acclaimed, award-winning author of the classic historical novel Segu, Maryse Cond#65533; has pieced together the life of her maternal grandmother to create a moving and profound novel.

Maryse Cond#65533;'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, Cond#65533; 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 Cond#65533;'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, Cond#65533; 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, Cond#65533;'s blending of memoir and imagination, detective work and storytelling artistry, is a literary gem that readers won't soon forget.
Publisher: New York : Atria International, 2010
Edition: 1st Atria International hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416592761
1416592768
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Philcox, Richard

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