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Soucouyant

David Chariandy's novel Soucouyant is the story of a young man and the struggles his immigrant family faces in Toronto's east-end.

David Chariandy

A soucouyant is an evil spirit in Caribbean folklore, and a symbol here of the distant and dimly remembered legacies that continue to haunt the Americas. This extraordinary first novel set in Ontario, in a house near the Scarborough Bluffs, focuses on a Canadian-born son who despairingly abandons his Caribbean-born mother suffering from dementia.

The son returns after two years to confront his mother but also a young woman who now mysteriously occupies the house. In his desire to atone for his past and live anew, he is compelled to imagine his mother's life before it all slips into darkness ― her arrival in Canada during the early sixties, her childhood in Trinidad during World War II, and her lurking secret that each have tried to forget. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)

Soucouyant won the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (GOLD) for Literary Fiction and was a finalist for Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction in 2007. 

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