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Peter Gardner, a white scientist from England, is exiled after performing dangerous experiments on patients. He flees with his beautiful young daughter, Virginia, to the Caribbean, where he raises her in isolation among few people—all natives. One of those natives is Carlos, a young boy of mixed-race. Virginia and Carlos develop a forbidden friendship, which later blooms into a love that binds them above all cultural, racial, and paternal resistance. This is a touching love story and a haunting coming-of-age tale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part romance, part detective story, part searing social critique, Nunez’s fiction, with its lush, lyric cadences and whirlwind narrative, casts a seductive spell.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine         

  • “Gripping and richly imagined.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[It has] strong themes and dramatic ironies…readers will find her love story—which has a refreshingly happy ending—very sensitively told.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nunez has crafted a beautiful, layered novel that echoes both The Tempest and Heart of Darkness.


  • “Nunez is in top form with this ambitious interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

    Library Journal

  • Prospero’s Daughter is a resounding success, one that should definitely establish Nunez’s importance in English...literature.”

    Harvard Review

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Nunez

Elizabeth Nunez is the author of various novels, including Discretion, Bruised Hibiscus, Grace, and Prospero’s Daughter. Born in Trinidad, Nunez is a CUNY Distinguished Professor of English at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, as well as the winner of an American Book Award. She lives in Amityville, New York.