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The island of forgetting / Jasmine Sealy.

Sealy, Jasmine, (author.).


Barbados, 1962. Lost soul Iapetus roams the island, scared and alone, driven mad after witnessing his father's death at the hands of his mother and older brother, Cronus. Just before Iapetus is lost forever, he has a son, but the baby is not enough to save him from himself--or his family's secrets. Seventeen years later, Iapetus's son, the stoic Atlas, lives in a loveless house under the care of his uncle Cronus, and in the shadow of his charismatic cousin Z. Knowing little about the tragic circumstances of his father's life, Atlas must choose between his desire to flee the island and his loyalty to the uncle who raised him. Years later, Atlas's own daughter, Calypso, is a beautiful and wilful teenager who is desperate to avoid being trapped in a life of drudgery at her uncle Z's hotel. When she falls deeply and dangerously in love with a visiting real estate developer, she finds herself entangled with her uncle's shady dealings, a pawn in the games of the powerful men around her. In 2018, Calypso's son, Nautilus, is on a path of self-destruction as he grapples with his fatherlessness, his mixed-race identity, and his complicated feelings of attraction towards his best friend, Daniel. Then one night, Nautilus makes an impulsive decision and finds himself exiled to Canada. An intimate family saga loosely inspired by Greek mythology, this is a novel about the echoes of deep--and sometimes tragic--love and the way a family's past can haunt its future.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781443465212
  • ISBN: 1443465216
  • Physical Description: 320 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Toronto : Harper Avenue, [2022]

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Awards Note:
Harper Collins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, winner 2020
Subject: Family secrets > Fiction.
Dysfunctional families > Fiction.
Fatherless families > Fiction.
Loyalty > Fiction.
Barbados > Fiction.
Genre: Family chronicles.
Canadian fiction.

Available copies

  • 2 of 5 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Castlegar Public Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Castlegar Public Library FIC SEA (Text) 35146002278620 Fiction Volume hold Checked out 2023-02-18

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