Book Review 116: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord is a fable about a woman named Paama from the African village of Makendha.  Paama endures a bad marriage to a gluttonous husband and when she finally leaves him brings the attention of the djombi, the undying ones, who present her with a gift, the chaos stick. The gift draws another spirit’s attention who wants it back from Paama.

Paama is taken on a journey by this spirit to show humanity’s self-destructive tendencies.  She faces a decision during the journey that could change the course of her life.  The lessons learned from her decision reveals a strength of character and a sense of familial duty.

Karen Lord’s first novel is a gentle and well-told fable that grabbed my attention from the opening pages until the ending. If you are looking for something to read quick, enjoyable, and thought-provoking, then I would recommend Redemption In Indigo.

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