The White Woman on the Green Bicycle: A Novel

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle: A Novel

by Monique Roffey
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The White Woman on the Green Bicycle: A Novel by Monique Roffey

A beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad

Monique Roffey's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel is a gripping portrait of postcolonialism that stands among great works by Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and Andrea Levy.

When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England, George is immediately seduced by the beguiling island, while Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill-at-ease. As they adapt to new circumstances, their marriage endures for better or worse, despite growing political unrest and racial tensions that affect their daily lives. But when George finds a cache of letters that Sabine has hidden from him, the discovery sets off a devastating series of consequences as other secrets begin to emerge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143119517
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 734,363
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and educated in the UK. Since then she has worked as a center director for the Arvon foundation and has held the post of Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Sussex, Chichester, and Greenwich universities. She is the author of the highly acclaimed novels sun dog and Archipelago, which is a finalist for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She has also written a memoir, With the Kisses of His Mouth. Read more about her writing at www.moniqueroffey.co.uk.

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The White Woman on the Green Bicycle 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is spectacular. I was engrossed in it and truly enjoyed every minute. I didn't feel like any word or page was wasted in writing this book; every line played a part in explaining the circumstances behind the protaganists' troubled marriage. The reasons were very complicated, and implicated an entire nation, so it wasn't the typical "our marriage is falling apart" tome. Ms. Roffey brought to light an aspect of colonial history in Trinidad that I am sure not many Americans are aware of. The main character's obsession with a Trinidadian politican plays a central role in the story, and her disgruntled attitude toward her adopted homeland ultimately ends up in violence (the very violence she despises). This would be a fantastic selection for a reader or book club who really wants to think about highly developed characters and circumstances around human behavior.
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A refreshing read.
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beh88 More than 1 year ago
the dialect used made it a difficult read for me and i just couldn't get interested in the story