The year is 1954. A white woman’s body, stuffed in a coconut bag, has washed ashore in Otatiti, Trinidad, and the British colony is rife with rumors. In two homes, one in a distant shantytown, the other on the outskirts of a former sugar cane estate, two women hear the news and their blood runs cold. Rosa, the white daughter of a landowner, and Zuela, the adopted “daughter” of a Chinese shop owner used to play together as girls—and witnessed something terrible behind a hibiscus bush many years ago.
Now adults, Rosa and Zuela are separated by time and distance, class and culture, burdened by poisonous marriages, haunted by the past. The news of the dead woman beings them together again to remember what they saw on that terrible day. For an affliction has taken over their country, born from fear and prejudice, left untreated for one too many years. And from the seaswept coast to the cane fields, no one is safe.
Original title: Bruised Hibiscus
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives