Papillote Press will be launching the new edition of the acclaimed Caribbean classic novel 'The Orchid House' written by Dominican Phyllis Shand Alfrey, on April 21st 2016 at the Barracoon Building.
According to a release, this edition comes with a new and insightful introduction by the Dominican scholar Dr Schuyler Esprit. In her conclusion Esprit writes, “The most endearing and significant appeal of this edition is that it returns Alfrey and The Orchid House to their rightful place in the annals of Caribbean literary history, as an authentic product of Dominica offered to the world.”
Professor Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, Allfrey’s biographer, also endorses its significance: “Beauty and politics - the two strands in Allfrey's love for her island - come together in The Orchid House to inspire one of the most original texts in Caribbean literature.”
The Orchid House tell the story of three white sisters who return to their Caribbean island home to find their family living in poverty and mental anguish. Each sister responds to the family’s plight in different ways — seeking change through romance or politics or money. Intensely autobiographical, The Orchid House - which is set in Dominica between the two world wars - describes a colonial society in decay as seen through the eyes of the sisters' childhood nurse, Lally: "Beauty and disease, beauty and sickness, beauty and horror: that was the island.”
The film of the book t was shot here in 1990 - with an international cast. The four-part series was shown on British TV in 1991 and is now available as a DVD. The book was first published in 1953, republished in 1982 but has - until now - been out of print for many years.
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