|Simon & Schuster (2012)|
Monique Roffey, vibrant new voice in Caribbean fiction and author of the Orange Prize finalist THE WHITE WOMAN ON THE GREEN BICYCLE, returns with ARCHIPELAGO, a new novel that is a journey of redemption, healing, and hope in the wake of devastating loss.
But their lives are not so easy to rebuild. Gavin is trying desperately to carry on, but wakes each night to his daughter's cries and his own fears for the future. Till one morning he takes his daughter and his dog down to the marina, to his old boat Romany which hasn't been on the sea in years, and embarks upon a voyage to make his peace with the waters. They set sail into deep open ocean, watch fish and dolphins leap from the waves, and head for the Caribbean archipelago that Gavin longed to explore as a younger man, before family life meant he moored his boat for what he thought was the last time.
Now Gavin and his unlikely crew are about to discover the full power and majesty of the sea. A miraculous journey awaits, new sights and wonders but it will take more than an ocean to put the memory of the flood behind them ...
Monique spent her childhood in Trinidad, Papua New Guinea and Australia. She worked as a journalist, and for The British Council, Amnesty International, and was the Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation. Monique has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster, and was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Sussex and Chichester Universities.
Winner: OCM Bocas Prize 2013; Shortlisted: Costa Book Awards 2014; Orion Book Awards 2014; Encore Prize 2011; Orange Prize 2010