- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Coach House Press Inc (1 Jan 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0889104808
- ISBN-13: 978-0889104808
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,042,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If you look deeper, however, it becomes clear that the journey depicted by LaFerriere is one of political discovery as well. "Papa", a seemingly minor chartacter, lurks in the background, somewhat menacing and completely disinterested in the drama surrounding him. While women kick, scream, yell, and turn on each other viciously, "Papa" (representing Haitian Dictator Duvalier) hardly looks up, hardly notices, does nothing when asked to intervene.
Read this way, the book offers insight into the burgeoning political mind of a young man in a terribly beautiful, terribly corrupt place.