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Redemption in Indigo

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1st March 2012

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Bursting with humour and rich in detail, this re-imagining of a Senegalese folk tale is the perfect antidote to the woes of the world.

‘A clever, exuberant mix of Caribbean and Senegalese influences’ New York Times

Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makendha, but now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn.

When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones – the djombi – who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world.

Unfortunately, not all the djombi are happy about this gift. The Indigo Lord believes this power should be his and his alone, and he will do anything to get it back. Chaos is about to reign supreme . . .

‘The perfect antidote to the formula fantasies currently flooding the market’ – Guardian

A clever, contemporary fairy-tale, a masterful, magical retelling of an African folk taleset in a fresh, surprising and utterly original world.

‘A fairy tale for the new generation, filled with spirits, magic and touches of African and Caribbean folklore’ Voice newspaper


Book Monkey
You can almost hear the beat of African drums as the rhythm of the prose reverberates through your mind, and you will almost wish that you were listening to someone reading it aloud, the way folk tales are meant to be told
This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed
Charles Tan
Redemption in Indigo . . . combine[s] comedy, a sense of mythic-ness, gravity, and sheer elegance
Fantasy Faction
The characters are beautifully drawn . . . the adventure points beyond itself to insights about human experience in general
The perfect antidote to the formula fantasies currently flooding the market
Nalo Hopkinson
The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful
New York Times Book Review
A clever, exuberant mix of Caribbean and Senegalese influences . . . Lord manages to compress her story while balancing the cosmic and the personal - all with a verve that would be the envy of many veteran novelists
The whole thing is enormous fun, thanks not least to a chatty, companionable narrator . . . Ace.
Publishers Weekly
This retelling of a Senegalese folk tale packs a great deal of subtly alluring storytelling into this small package
The Voice
Redemption in Indigo is a fairy tale for the new generation, filled with spirits, magic and touches of African and Caribbean folklore
Caribbean Review of Books
Sprightly from start to finish, with vivid descriptions, memorable heroes and villains, brisk pacing - clever storytelling
Sunday Telegraph
Charmingly told
Independent on Sunday
Karen Lord is doing something different and that's to be applauded
Karen Lord is one of the hot writers of the day in SF . . . Redemption in Indigo marries Caribbean and Senegalese traditions into a fable not dissimilar in tone to José Saramago's Cain, which likewise deploys humour and parable-like set pieces to peel back layers of myth. It's a beautiful work of fiction