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Crossing the river

Author: Caryl Phillips
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
"A desperate foolishness. The crops failed. I sold my children."

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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caryl Phillips
ISBN: 0747514976 9780747514978
OCLC Number: 28818300
Notes: A novel.
Awards: Winner of James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction) 1993
Description: 237 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Caryl Phillips.


Two brothers and a sister are sold into slavery. This novel tells the story of the various stages of their diasporan lives. In different countries, continents and centuries they try to survive the  Read more...


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