Boundaries

Boundaries

by Elizabeth Nunez
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Boundaries by Elizabeth Nunez

"Boundaries is told in spare and transcendent prose. [...] As always, Nunez delivers a unique and riveting perspective on Caribbean life as well as immigrant life in general."
--The New York Amsterdam News

"Many moments of elegant, overarching insight bind the personal to the collective past."
--New York Times Book Review

"If I wore a hat, I'd tip it to novelist Elizabeth Nunez . . . with Boundaries, her eighth work, the storyteller is in fine form . . . [it] is timely and provocative -- and it's written with such vivid prose that, despite the bittersweet ending, you'll step away from this refreshing take on contemporary publishing with a smile."
--Essence

"In Nunez's latest, the author further explores immigrant life, a life where a hard-working woman can progress up the corporate ladder, buy an apartment in a soon-to-be trendy neighborhood, and still be plagued by outsider’s angst . . . A thoughtful literary novel exploring the shadows of cultural identity and the mirage of assimilation."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A quiet, sensitive portrait. . . This work covers a lot of ground, from mother-daughter and male-female relationships to the tensions between immigrants and the American born."
--Library Journal

"Nunez deftly dissects the immigrant experience in light of cultural traditions that impact family roles, professional obligations, and romantic opportunities."
--Booklist

"Elizabeth Nunez is one of the finest and most necessary voices in contemporary American and Caribbean fiction."
--Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin

In an age of reality TV, a husband and wife cling to Victorian notions of privacy, though doing so threatens the life of the wife. Their daughter Anna yearns for her mother's unguarded affection, and eventually learns there is value in restraint. But Anna, a Caribbean American immigrant, finds that lesson harder to accept when, eager to assimilate in her new country, she discovers that a gap yawns between her and American-born citizens.

THE HEAD OF A SPECIALIZED IMPRINT at a major publishing house, Anna is soon challenged for her position by an ambitious upstart who accuses her of not really understanding American culture, particularly African American culture. Her job at stake, Anna turns for advice to her boyfriend Paul, a Caribbean American himself, who attempts to convince her that immigrants must accept limitations on their freedom in America.

TOLD IN SPARE AND TRANSCENDENT PROSE, Boundaries is a riveting immigrant story, a fascinating look into the world of contemporary book publishing, a beautiful extension of the exploration of family dynamics that began in Nunez's previous novel Anna In-Between, and a heart-warming love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617750724
Publisher: Akashic Books
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 1,099,350
File size: 298 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Nunez: Elizabeth Nunez is the award-winning author of eight novels. Anna In-Between (Akashic Books, 2009, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was selected for the 2010 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for literary excellence). Nunez’s other novels include Prospero's Daughter (New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, 2006 Florida Center for the Literary Arts One Book, One Community selection, 2006 Novel of the Year for Black Issues Book Review and 2010 Trinidad and Tobago One Book, One Community selection); Bruised Hibiscus (American Book Award); Discretion (short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award); Grace; Beyond the Limbo Silence (Independent Publishers Book Award in Multicultural fiction category); and When Rocks Dance. Nunez was executive producer for the 2004 Emmy nominated CUNY TV series, Black Writers in America. She conducts creative writing workshops for community residents in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, the City University of New York, where she teaches creative writing, fiction. She divides her time between Amityville and Brooklyn.

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DenaTheDoula More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Nunez has an eloquent way with words. The imagery, parallel to that of Virginia Wolff, commands the senses and evokes emotion. Her astute knowledge of literature is woven throughout her own writing and is inspiring to read.