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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Lord Narrator: Robin Mile Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Karen Lord’s debut novel, which won the prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Prize in Barbados, is an intricately woven tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit.

Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makendha, 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, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone.

Bursting with humor and rich in fantastic detail, Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale that introduces readers to a dynamic new voice in Caribbean literature. Lord’s world of spider tricksters and indigo immortals, inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale, will feel instantly familiar—but Paama’s adventures are fresh, surprising, and utterly original.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A clever, exuberant mix of Caribbean and Senegalese influences that balances riotously funny set pieces (many involving talking insects) with serious drama initiated by meddlesome supernatural beings.”

    New York Times

  • “This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lord’s debut, a retelling of a Senegalese folktale, packs a great deal of subtly alluring storytelling.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2011 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2011 Mythopoeic Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Keliher | 2/13/2014

    " This book gives you exactly the same feeling of enchantment you get from listening to a really great storyteller, which is a very hard thing to capture in print. It's got all the right pauses and asides, the right amounts of humor and suspense and romance and intrigue, and an uplifting but uncheesy moral. Absolutely magical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill Furedy | 1/25/2014

    " It took me longer than expected to get into the voice of this story. I've read varying reviews on the narrator, but while some of the interjections were distracting, mostly it reminded me that this was a storyteller's oral tale from another country and not a traditional fantasy novel. I think it was the fable format in the beginning that threw me off...fables are concise and the story of Ansige fell right into that type of pattern. I was waiting for the moral and the fable to wrap up and unsure where the rest of the book was going. Ansige's story was fleshed out a tiny bit further at the end of the book, giving an expanation of sorts as to his ridiculous actions and sketchy motivations, but in the beginning he is simply a bad joke who gives Paama a chance to show her wit in getting him out of the situations he eats his way into. Then we get Paama's sister's tale, which introduces the 'indigo lord', but also seems like it's own stand alone vignette with a love story, confused identities, and a touch of trickster. Once Paama heads off to the House of the Sisters, it starts to grow from a collection of small stories to a fairy tale style start of the adventures, getting wisdom and magical gifts from her fairy godmothers. That is where there story started to draw me in. I found that the fable-style storytelling and the narration put some distance between the characters and me, but I still cared about what would happen to them. I was trying to figure out how Paama and the indigo lord might continue a relationship in the future, as their characters bond over the lessons they learn from one another, not sure that a love interest was the right fit. I was pleased with how it all worked out, though once they mentioned Paama's future and Chance and Trickster's change of paths, it was clear how that would pan out. But the epilogue wrapped everything up perfectly for me. I had read one review about disliking morals and comparing this book to the Alchemist, which was funny since the narrator blatently addressed that issue. But to me the Alchemist beat me over the head to make sure I learned the lesson it wanted to teach me. This, oddly, seemed more subtle in it's lessons even though the narrator sometimes explains things outright to us. But because they state it and move on, it didn't seem as preachy and repetitive as I felt the Alchemist was. In the end, if there had been a bit more of Ansige's motivations, more of the lessons Paama learned other than what she taught, more of the Sister's and their magic, etc, I would have felt more involved in and connected to the story. But it was a good one nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keith | 1/23/2014

    " Satisfying and surreal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathryn | 1/13/2014

    " A surprising, inventive story told beautifully. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Lord

Karen Lord was born in Barbados in 1968. She holds a science degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in the sociology of religion from the University of Wales.