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The Black Peacock

The debut novel by Rachel Manley, The Black Peacock is the story of two unforgettable characters, adrift on the ever-changing tides of the Caribbean, who are united by something less than passion but more than love.

Rachel Manley

Friends since attending university in Jamaica, Lethe and Daniel have long realized they would never be good for each other. But Lethe is Daniel's muse, and theirs is a connection that proves unbreakable as they spend the next thirty years crisscrossing the Caribbean and travelling the world in search of work, love, and home.

Now, Daniel has become an internationally renowned prize-winning poet, and Lethe aspires to be a writer in her own right. His invitation to her to join him at an isolated retreat, Peacock Island, gives them both a chance to reflect on the life they've shared. (from Cormorant Books)

Rachel Manley is an author raised in Jamaica, who now lives in Toronto. Her memoir Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood won the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction in 1997.

Interviews with Rachel Manley

Donna Bailey Nurse talks to Shelagh Rogers about, The Black Peacock by Rachel Manley, Electric Fences by Gugu Hlongwane and Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston. 11:02

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