Saint Domingue (present-day Haiti), 1792. In the wake of the largest slave rebellion the world has ever seen - one thousand plantations burned on the Northern plains - the young widow Rose Fongravier struggles to manage her crumbling coffee plantation. Early one morning she discovers a body at the bottom of her garden: An accident, a personal vendetta, or – God forbid – the start of another slave revolt?
Set over the course of one day against a backdrop of growing unrest in the French colony, the murder and its aftermath are seen through the eyes of a cross-section of the plantation’s inhabitants: each has a different understanding of who is at fault and who should be held responsible. As the day draws to an end and events reach a crescendo, different tragedies emerge and no one will escape unscathed.
Based on actual events and inspired by the surviving plantation records of an historical family, Apricots is a taut, atmospheric thriller that examines how the great events of the outside world shape and in turn are shaped by smaller, more intimate concerns and tragedies.
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Once again, Sally Christie delivers an interesting, compelling and unique story through flawless attention to historical detail and authentic character development. You will feel the heat of St. Domin...
Started off a bit slow but once it got going - wow. Couldn't put it down. ...