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Listen to Podcast With Haitian Novelist Elsie Augustave on KAZI Book Review

The Roving TreeListen to the podcast of the interview on KAZI Book Review with Elsie Augustave as she explores the currents of identity, racism, class, and culture in her debut novel, The Roving Tree

The central character, Iris Odys, is adopted by an upperclass white American family in 1961 from a rural village in Haiti. The novel traces her life growing up in America and through flashback, the lives of her parents in Haiti. Augustave paints a vivid picture of the class conflicts, cultural and religious traditions of Haiti in the 1950s and 60s.

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