Fingerprints of Previous Owners by Rebecca Entel

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Read Fingerprints of Previous Owners Online Free - At a Caribbean resort built atop a former slave plantation, Myrna works as a maid by day; by night she trespasses on the resort’s overgrown inland property, secretly excavating the plantation ruins that her island community refuses to acknowledge. Rapt by the crumbling walls of the once slave-owner’s estate, she explores the unspoken history of the plantation—a site where her ancestors once worked the land, but which the resort now uses as a lookout point for tourists.

When Myrna discovers a book detailing the experiences of slaves, who still share a last name with the majority of the islanders, her investigation becomes deeply personal, extending to her neighbors and friends, and explaining her mother's self-imposed silence and father's disappearance. A new generation begins to speak about the past just as racial tensions erupt between the resort and the local island community when an African-American tourist at the resort is brutally attacked.

Suffused with the sun-drenched beauty of the Caribbean, Fingerprints of Previous Owners is a powerful novel of hope and recovery in the wake of devastating trauma. In her soulful and timely debut, Entel explores what it means to colonize and be colonized, to trespass and be trespassed upon, to be wounded and to heal.

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ISBN : 1944700234
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 212 pages


Helen rated it ★★★★☆

July 01, 2017

In her debut novel, Entel transports you to a fictional island in the Caribbean, where a resort has been built over the ruins of a plantation. The protagonist, Myrna, is a maid by day, but by night she explores the island, yearning to uncover its secrets. The story builds slowly, its captivating...

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

May 13, 2017

(4.25 stars, rounded up because it's a small press book) This remarkable debut novel is set in the Caribbean. Myrna works as a maid for a resort that was built on the grounds of a former slave plantation and unlocks the island's past. It's a quiet novel, but quite beautiful, too.

Stephanie rated it ★★★★☆

June 12, 2017

I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really liked this book. The story was emotional and interesting, and the writing was a great contributor to that. At the beginning of the advanced copy I received, there was an author's note about her voice as a non-Caribbean author tell...

Gail rated it ★★★★☆

August 30, 2017

Those reviewers who have said this book was a nice story about a Caribbean Island have missed the point of the book. In this book, Entel gently explores racial inequities in a way that is not militant or preachy. The reader easily understands the main character, Myrna's, desire to learn about the...

Hope rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

This book is very thought provoking. There's a vague, unsettled thread within this book which I think is true to life. Race relations are always under the surface and cause tension - even when things feel smooth. The assholery of the resort is just blood-boiling. I hate when businesses do that.

Teej rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

An amazingly easy read that took me away to the Caribbean.

Mark rated it ★★★★★

July 29, 2017

Fantastic novel about life on a Caribbean island. Beautiful writing. Highly recommended.

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