The Seeds Of Green Mangoes

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From the seclusion of a tiny Caribbean village to the towering tenements of Brooklyn, New York, and finally to the calm riverbeds of the Seine in Paris, France, THE SEEDS OF GREEN MANGOES tells the unforgettable story of an enchanting girl who will travel the treacherous path to womanhood.



Creola Philogène dreams of a life beyond the steamy confines of her tiny fishing village and out from the watchful eye of her oppressive grandmother. Lonely and frightened of her own sexual ...

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Overview

From the seclusion of a tiny Caribbean village to the towering tenements of Brooklyn, New York, and finally to the calm riverbeds of the Seine in Paris, France, THE SEEDS OF GREEN MANGOES tells the unforgettable story of an enchanting girl who will travel the treacherous path to womanhood.



Creola Philogène dreams of a life beyond the steamy confines of her tiny fishing village and out from the watchful eye of her oppressive grandmother. Lonely and frightened of her own sexual awakening, Creola makes a decision that will change her life irrevocably. Before long, she becomes entangled with an older man who makes her a marriage proposal, offering to take her away to start anew in America. But instead of the protectorate Creola expected, her new husband becomes her tormentor. Once in New York, Creola realizes that fighting for her freedom is not enough; to maintain it, she must achieve her independence.



In the tradition of literature’s great heroines, with its powerful imagery and poetic language, Creola’s moving tale reminds us of the pains of self-discovery as well as the trials and tribulations of journeying into womanhood. Despite the emotional hardships and taboos she carries with her from childhood, Creola emerges triumphant and learns to control her own destiny. Creola’s story is, in essence, every woman’s story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615267869
  • Publisher: Capucine Books
  • Publication date: 12/18/2008
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 3.30 (d)

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    A lush, no-holds barred story - 4.5 Rating

    I am a big fan of stories that make you think, that make you want to talk about the story with others. Janete Scobie's debut novel, The Seeds of Green Mangoes is definitely one of those books. On the surface, it's a coming of age story, one young woman's journey to find herself and her place in the world. Beneath the surface is a lushly described story that vividly portrays locales, characters, and the yearning embedded in main character, Creola Philogène. There are two things I enjoy most about this story. One, I love the weaving of deep, serious issues in the story: the taboo of sex, culture, gender, and class, for example, blend well to layer the story and give book clubs something to talk about. Two, knowing a bit about Scobie's background - her education, travels, experiences - this book feels like a culmination of everything she's learned and felt thus far in her life. I look forward to seeing what she gleans from life next.

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