House of Anansi Press

Valmiki's Daughter

Written by Shani Mootoo

Published November 15, 2008 | ISBN 9780887848988
FICTION / General

Cover of Valmiki's Daughter

Regular price $16.95 CAD

408 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Valmiki's Daughter

Shani Mootoo

In Valmiki's Daughter, Giller Prize finalist and bestselling novelist Shani Mootoo returns to some of the themes she first explored in her breakout book, Cereus Blooms at Night, to offer a hugely entertaining and hypnotically beautiful family saga.The story centers on a wealthy Trinidadian family -- in particular, Valmiki, a renowned doctor and loving, if confused, father; and his youngest daughter, Viveka, lively, intelligent, and intent on escaping the gilded cage that protects but also smothers her.

With this masterful novel, Mootoo peels back layers of prejudice to expose the complex interaction of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Discerning but non-judgmental, she eases us deep into the fascinating lives of her characters and creates a juicy, sexy, beautiful book, full of the vigorous stuff of life.

About the Author

Shani Mootoo

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She has lived in Canada since the early 1980s. Her acclaimed first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, was published worldwide and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, among other awards. Mootoo is also an accomplished visual artist. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
  • Long-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2008