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Ursa Mackenzle is a black woman caught between two cultures - the USA and the Caribbean. Rejecting the lure of success, Ursa turns her back on a well-paid corporate research job and a stable, if loveless, relationship with a black academic. Instead, she seeks power and solace in her friendship with Viney.
Paule Marshall is the author of The Chosen People and Pralsesong for the Widow, among many other novels. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she has taught in Yale, Colombia, Cornell and Oxford Universities.