The Book of Color by Julia Blackburn

The Book of Color
Julia Blackburn

Published: 1995

Shortlisted for the 1996 Women's Prize for Fiction

In the late 19th century, an English missionary arrives on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, intent on wiping out fornication among the natives.

Instead he incurs a curse that strikes first his dark-skinned wife, then his son and grandson. But is the curse supernatural–or a white man’s guilty fascination with an alien new world?


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