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Cereus Blooms at Night

Cereus Blooms at Night

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'A Caribbean classic' Monique Roffey, author of The Mermaid of Black Conch

Everyone in Paradise thinks Mala Ramchandin is a murderer. But with no body, no evidence and no witnesses, Mala is sent to an Alms House as a madwoman instead of prison. Here she meets Tyler, the only openly queer person on the island of Lantanacamara with whom she feels an affinity as an outsider. Despite Mala's muteness, she manages to communicate with Tyler about her missing sister, Asha.

This is Mala's story, and an appeal to find Asha, told in Tyler's words. He dives deeply into Mala's family history, uncovering years of trauma passed down through generations and - staggeringly, beautifully - the love that has survived through it all.

With an introduction by Ingrid Persaud.

'Visceral, sensual and heartbreakingly tender'
Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, author of When We Were Birds

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