Starred reviews

Good news!  Redemption in Indigo has been given starred reviews by both Booklist and Publishers Weekly.

For Redemption in Indigo:

“A great deal happens in the novel’s relatively short course, but confusion is minimal because Lord has found the ideal voice for the narrator—feminine yet authoritative, amusing yet soothing, omniscient yet humble. This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed.” —Booklist, May 15, 2010

Redemption in Indigo: a novel | Karen Lord | Small Beer Press | 9781931520669 | June 2010 | $16.00 | Trade Paper

(From the Library page for April at Consortium)

Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord. Small Beer (, $16 paper (180p) ISBN 978-1-9315-2066-9

Lord’s debut, a retelling of a Senegalese folktale, packs a great deal of subtly alluring storytelling into this small package. Paama flees her gluttonous husband, Ansige; two years later, he hires the master tracker Kwame to find her. Kwame reluctantly takes the job to finance his own wanderlust. These events draw the attention of the Indigo Lord, one of the powerful spirits called Djombi. He wielded the power of Chaos until it was taken from him and given to Paama, and he wants it back. An unnamed narrator, sometimes serious and often mischievous, spins delicate but powerful descriptions of locations, emotions, and the protagonists’ great flaws and great strengths as they interact with family, poets, tricksters, sufferers of tragedy, and—of course—occasional moments of pure chaos. (June)

(Publishers Weekly Fiction Book Reviews for 19 April 2010)