The Bread the Devil Knead (Paperback)
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The Bread the Devil Knead (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 20/05/2021
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A page-turning plot with a blazing feminist message at its heart, this powerfully unique Trinidad-set novel follows an unforgettable protagonist as she starts her journey out of a cycle of violence into a new, freer future.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Alethea Lopez is about to turn 40. Fashionable, feisty and fiercely independent, she manages a boutique in Port of Spain, but behind closed doors she’s covering up bruises from her abusive partner and seeking solace in an affair with her boss. When she witnesses a woman murdered by a jealous lover, the reality of her own future comes a little too close to home.

Bringing us her truth in an arresting, unsparing Trinidadian voice, Alethea unravels memories repressed since childhood and begins to understand the person she has become. Her next step is to decide the woman she wants to be.

This is an engrossing and atmospheric novel with a strong feminist message at the heart of its page-turning plot. It explores an abusive love-affair with searing honesty, and skilfully tackles the issue of gender violence and racism against the lush and heady backdrop of the national festival, and the music that feeds it. It’s impossible not to root for Alethea – she is an unforgettable heroine, trapped in ways she is only just beginning to understand but shining with strength, resolve and, ultimately, self-determination.

Publisher: Myriad Editions
ISBN: 9781912408993
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘An extraordinary and emotionally immersive novel – the music of Lisa Allen-Agostini's writing voice is gloriously specific to Trinidad, yet this heart-wrenching story of a woman both liberated and in need of liberation has universal resonance. The powerful themes that emerge are both unpredictable and unforgettable, dealing with the masquerade of everyday love as well as hidden secrets that are the legacy of family.’ - Margaret Busby

'Strips you down to raw nerve to build you back up again. Allen-Agostini has an unswerving eye.' - Nalo Hopkinson

'You dip into the first page and don't come up for breath until the last... thoroughly enjoyable.' - Kei Miller

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“A powerful, difficult but necessary and very worthwhile addition to the Women's Prize longlist”

"If you two don’t stop all you nastiness, you go eat the bread the devil knead"I read this book due to its longlisting for the 2022 Women’s Prize. I have to say immediately that it is very reminiscent of... More

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“Lisa Allen-Agostini is a marvel”

Lisa Allen-Agostini is a marvel and well-deserving of her place on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 shortlist, if not due the top prize itself. What she has created in The Bread the Devil Knead is a gateway for... More

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“The Bread the Devil Knead”

What a first novel. It grips you from the start. It is difficult to believe that this is the author's first adult novel. I lived in Trinidad for many years. The story line runs like a crime thriller and the book... More

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