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Valmiki’s Daughter is a painfully vivid and powerful story about closeted homosexuality.
Set in an old French cacao estate in Trinidad, the story revolves around Valmiki, a renowned Trinidadian doctor whose reputation as a womanizer conceals the truth about his sexual preferences.
At the same time, his youngest daughter, Viveka, is becoming aware of her own sexuality and while struggling to discover the truth about herself, threatens to unmask her father and shake the foundations of her family in a delicately calibrated society.
Discerning but non-judgmental, Shani Mootoo eases us deep into the fascinating lives of her characters, creating a beautiful story about the yearning for transcendence.
Praise for Valmiki's Daughter:
Impressive…Mootoo has an impeccable ear…authentic and powerful.NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW