Anna In-Between

Anna In Between Anna In Between is Elizabeth Nunez s finest literary achievement to date In spare prose with laserlike attention to every word and the juxtaposition of words to each other Nunez returns to themes of

  • Title: Anna In-Between
  • Author: Elizabeth Nunez
  • ISBN: 9781933354842
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Anna In Between is Elizabeth Nunez s finest literary achievement to date In spare prose, with laserlike attention to every word and the juxtaposition of words to each other, Nunez returns to themes of emotional alienation, within the context of class and color discrimination, so richly developed in her earlier novels.Anna, the novel s main character who has a successful pAnna In Between is Elizabeth Nunez s finest literary achievement to date In spare prose, with laserlike attention to every word and the juxtaposition of words to each other, Nunez returns to themes of emotional alienation, within the context of class and color discrimination, so richly developed in her earlier novels.Anna, the novel s main character who has a successful publishing career in the United States, is the daughter of an upper class Caribbean family While on vacation in the island home of her birth she discovers that her mother, Beatrice, has breast cancer Beatrice categorically rejects all efforts to persuade her to go to the United States for treatment, even though it is, perhaps, her only chance of survival Anna and her father, who tries to remain respectful of his wife s wishes, must convince her to change her mind.

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    1. Having just begun:Well, I can say one thing - I was about to dump this because it so pulled me apart. I felt I couldn't stand being so emotionally torn. Then it flipped and had me smiling and laughing. So of course I continue. This is what I want from a book. I want to feel and I want to think and I want to be happy and sad. OK, now I have probably jinxed the book by saying I like it a lot.************************I continued to enjoy this book to the very end, and I liked the ending. Happy? Sad? [...]

    2. A truly beautiful novel. I picked up what I thought was a simple mother/daughter tale and got so much more. It seems as though nothing much happens in 350 or so pages, but a tremendous amount does transpire. Without ostentation or whiz-bang melodrama, we witness the inner workings of tremendously realized and authentic characters. When I say authentic, I mean that I could imagine each of these folks being someone in my office or the coffee shop next door. And in getting to know these characters, [...]

    3. This is a wonderful novel. Each character is fully realized and each one is very believable. There are so many layers to it. It delves into deep relationships, racism, economic differences in cultures, downsides for those who immigrate to another country. Nunez gives the reader a real feel for issues and does not leave you hanging. It took me a couple of weeks to read the book because I wanted to savor it. I would intentionally put the book aside and ponder the concepts. I did not rate it five b [...]

    4. Although I am not an immigrant (or emigrant) I thought this was a book that told the story of being "in-between" well. This story does a great job of showing the ways in which we can belong to two worlds (or more) and not feel totally comfortable in either of those worlds - which sometimes is by our own doing and sometimes is caused by the real limitations of the other world. As we learn of Anna's story and what has caused her to not feel at home we can understand why she has left this world for [...]

    5. I like Anna’s - the protagonist, in case that wasn’t already obvious - cogitation; her analysis of the people around her, post colonial Trinidad and the relationship of her parents. Not much has changed in my country since then; I see the similarities between the past Trinidad Nunez describes and the current. There are even similarities between her family and mine - their attitudes: that stiff upper lip, reluctance to show emotions and affections even under dire circumstances.Nunez' highly d [...]

    6. So far away, yet so near. About a woman whose life and experiences appear so different from my own, yet Anna did not at all feel like a remote being. If she were real, I would love to meet her.

    7. I don't generally waste my time on fluff unless it is required reading, so most of my ratings are at least a 3 (I like it!). This book however was so much better than that. I was tempted to give it a 5 but reviewed the other books I had rated that high and realized that the story was so self-contained that there was no action or even physical movement by the characters. A 5 rating would perhaps diminish the others. This story was fantastic as a study in relationships. I related so much to Beatri [...]

    8. My mother gave me this book when I visited Grenada in either 2009 or 2010. My parents met the author only a couple weeks before, so I was fortunate enough to read an autographed copy. I wasn't sure what to expect when my Mom gave it to me, but given that my time at home is often filled with not doing much more than sitting around my parents house, it was a great time to read a book. I believe I spent two days locked in my childhood room like I did when I was a teenager! As I read each line, I fe [...]

    9. I think the author has written a good "human story" as she would define it about people of color and the legacy of slavery and colonialism. I felt the writing was good but could use a good editor. The protaganist, a 39-yr old, NY senior editor of a subsidiary publishing house for writers who are people of color, mainly African-Americans writing "urban lit", goes home for vacation. She finds her mother in an advanced stage of breast cancer. The story proceeds to weave the culture of the family, h [...]

    10. Elizabeth Nunez is an excellent writer! I do not remember if I have read other books of hers, but am currently reading her book Grace which came out in 03 and is great! Anna In-Between allows the reader to be a spectator of the very painful memories and feelings that Anna experiences while taking a month off of her work to travel back to her home country to spend time with her mother and father. As a nurse, I have shared with families who have been in similar situations where they have not been [...]

    11. A very interesting and captivating book. As someone who resides in the Caribbean I highly felt that the author, although not resident here, was highly informed about the feelings and the situations that Caribbean people experience.I kept feeling the sentiments of the phrase that "history repeats itself".The themes of belonging and especially the mother daughter relationship was felt all througout reading this novel.I would expect that everyone should want to read this book especially to understa [...]

    12. Anna is a 39-year-old book editor, a native of an unnamed Caribbean island now living in New York City. When she returns to the country of her birth to visit her parents, she discovers that her mother, with whom she has never been close, has advanced breast cancer. While this may sound like the material of melodrama, the straightforward prose creates a sense of realism that draws you in to the characters' lives. It's fair to say the characters and the book are more than meets the eye, and I got [...]

    13. Two books from the Caribbean. This one is better than Lime Tree but I was a bit disappointed. The glowing reviews made me expect so much more, and I expected to relate to it more personally since Anna is a middle-aged immigrant to the US, going back to visit her aging parents, not quite belonging in either world. In Anna's case the whole identity issue is complicated by race (in the US she is viewed as black, not so in her home country, which has finer-grained race distinctions). Anna's voice is [...]

    14. Although Anna-in-Between and Boundaries technically function as two halves of a whole, each book contains enough content to stand alone. Unlike, Boundaries, Anna-in-Between lends more of its storyline to a historical exploration of the racial and cultural forming of modern day Trinidad and Tobago, through the back stories of the middle aged protagonist, Anna, and her elderly parents. Nunez’s layered and poetic writing is both pleasing and at times frustrating, with its racially ambiguous centr [...]

    15. Another author I want to read more of. This is the story of a mother and daughter and the family truths that emerge during a health crisis. It also indirectly addresses the issues of colonialism, exploitation, and racism.A fascinating book about truths that are supremely private and some that are universal.A good read!

    16. Beautiful writing. So much is happening--the novel takes us through space and time, but the physical space is limited to the home where Anna grew up in the islands. Wonderfully provocative and I am still pondering the questions the novel brought for me regarding race, class, education, feminism and family dynamics. Wonderful, wonderful read.

    17. It started out very interesting and a page-turner but came to a slow ending. In fact, I did not appreciate the way it ended. It left a lot of unanswered questions. I did not enjoy the author's writing style of always repeating phrases, but the storyline was worth the read.

    18. Meh. I appreciate what she has to say about race and prejudice, but the big mysteries of her characters weren't particularly mysterious. While I was sympathetic to the mother regarding her cancer, I also found her cold and manipulative.

    19. I've been privileged to meet Elizabeth Nunez through my work at The City University of New York. Our office published this profile when Anna In-Between was released last fall.

    20. Perhaps 1.5 stars. There was a lot, too much at times, that could've been whittled down. In the end I may have preferred a story centering on the parents' marriage and what they are and have dealt with instead of Anna's story.

    21. If you're looking for high drama this is not the book for you. The story started off slow and only picked up a little as it went on. Nonetheless, I love Ms. Nunez's writing style and character development. She never disappoints me with her work. I always feel like I know her characters personally.

    22. Wonderful, perceptive book about the "in between" immigrant/emigrant. Nunez writes beautifully and conveys a thought provoking message. It can be relevant to all families, not just the ones in the book. Mothers and daughters especially.

    23. The award-winning author of Prospero’s Daughter has written a novel more intimate than her usual big-picture work; this moving exploration of immigrant identity has a protagonist caught between race, class and a mother’s love.

    24. An enjoyable read with some universal themes about family as well as some specific themes about immigration and belonging.

    25. The satisfying conclusion seemed a little too pat after the angst of the rest of the novel, but it was satisfying. And the novel was a cultural lesson taught with charm.

    26. NYT review comment that it explored the conflict between a young "liberated" Caribbean woman who lives in NYC and goes home to find her parents living by different values. Sounded relevant to me.

    27. This book truly speaks about about human relationships between parents, their children and each other and showing appreciation for humankind regardless of race.

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