Reading Group Guide The Story of the Cannibal Woman
by Maryse Condè SUMMARY
One dark night in Cape Town, Rosèlie's husband goes out for a pack of cigarettes and never comes back. Not only is she left with unanswered questions about his violent death, but she is also left without any means of support. At the urging of her housekeeper and best friend, the new widow decides to take advantage of the strange gifts she has always possessed and embarks on a career as a clairvoyant. As Rosèlie builds a new life for herself and seeks the truth about her husband's murder, acclaimed Carribbean author Maryse Condè crafts a deft exploration of post-apartheid South Africa and a smart, gripping thriller. The Story of the Cannibal Woman
is both contemporary and international, following the lives of an interracial, intercultural couple in New York City, Tokyo, and Cape Town. Maryse Condè is known for her vibrantly lyrical language and fearless, inventive storytelling -- she uses both to stunning effect in this magnificently original novel. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- The Story of the Cannibal Woman is told mostly in the third person. However, there is an "I" that abruptly inserts itself into the story starting in chapter three. Who does this voice belong to? Rosèlie? How does the narration evolve and change throughout the novel?