TheGrio’s site has chosen Nunez’ new novel as part of a shot lit of books they recommend for Chritmas gift-giving. Other books listed were Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, a Memoir by Cornel West with David Rist, Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson by Wil Haygood, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D.G. Kelley, Michael Jackson: Before he was King by Todd Grey, and New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson.
This is what they had to say about Nunez’s work.
Award winning novelist Elizabeth Nunez’s latest effort, Anna in-Between (Akashic Books, $22.95), is a small story that tackles some very big themes. Anna, the product of an upper-class Caribbean family, is a divorced book editor living in New York who returns to her island home for a month to spend time with her aging parents. Once there, she discovers that her mother has been silently suffering from breast cancer and that her father, out of fear of losing his wife and a curious respect for her privacy, has chosen not to see the obvious, or address it. Nunez, known for her award winning novel, Prospero’s Daughter, takes this family scenario and artfully manages to weave into it the complexities of societal and cultural differences and boundaries, interpersonal relationships, race, and how one country’s definition of privacy and intimacy differ so greatly from another’s. Anna struggles with what it means to born of one place, but yet be part of another, and she is both blessed and cursed by the exposure to both. As she tries to get her mother treated in America, Anna finds herself caught between cultures as well as the intricate relationship between her parents.
For the complete list go to http://www.thegrio.com/2009/12/thegrios-holiday-book-selections.php