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"It is hard to do the intricacies and depth of this novel justice in so few words, so all I can do is highly recommend you read this inspiring novel for yourself.""
Dundee University
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"This is a work of beautiful language, thoughtful delivery and a book to heal the soul, make you laugh and make you cry."
Dr Melanie Lee
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Review by the Trinidad Guardian

Prof. Kenneth Ramchand's address at the launch of 'Daughters of Empire'

Jeremy Poynting's address at the launch of 'Daughters of Empire'


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Daughters of Empire

Daughters of Empire (Peepal Tree Press, 2012) is a sweeping family saga, across generations and continents, a moving portrayal of migration and the challenges it presents. This is unlike any other novel of the Asian experience in Britain. The prejudices a middle class family face are insidious and subtle. Governments urge immigrants to 'assimilate' but when you've mastered the language and attended the best British universities, it may still be impossible to truly fit in.


"The book’s deepest concern is harmony: learning to live in civility with other individuals and other communities; seeking a balance within oneself between reason and passion, between knowing and feeling."

“At its heart, this is a book about women, and all of them, whether in the colony or in the metropolis, are daughters of Empire shaping lives and ringing in change in both places."

Kenneth Ramchand, Professor Emeritus of English, University of the West Indies.

"Probably the most exciting Indo Caribbean woman writer to have emerged in recent years... her work forms an important part of my teaching, not only on my course, Caribbean Women writers, but also on other aspects of our Caribbean Studies programme."

Rita Christian, lecturer in Caribbean literature, London Metropolitan University, writing in the Trinidad Guardian.

"Persaud’s work in general has asked us to think hard about the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and class and the tensions between community and individual desires and aspirations. This novel is no exception. The questions raised here are not easy ones to answer: how much of the past do we keep with us in our journeys of transformation in new diasporic spaces? What makes one a good parent? What sort of balance should one strike between self-sacrifice and preserving autonomy in the quest for a stable family life? What makes a successful marriage?"

Lisa Outar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. John’s University.



Extract



"Let me assure you that we have nothing against multiculturalism, though my view of it is that one should not indulge in it at such an early age; it cannot but lead to muddle. Laying a sound English foundation first, is what I would advise… I cannot think of another language that offers a child better opportunities for life, nationally and internationally, than ours.”

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