Winner of the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature
Prizewinning writer Maryse Condé reimagines Emily Brontë's passionate novel as a tale of obsessive love between the "African" Razyé and Cathy, the mulatto daughter of the man who takes Razyé in and raises him, but whose treatment goads him into rebellious flight. Retaining the emotional power of the original, Condé shows the Caribbean society in the wake of emancipation.
Praise for Windward Heights "Condï¿½ is a masterly storyteller who also proves deft at reinterpretting other people's stories, as she shows here with this energetic reimagining of Wuthering Heights here set in Cuba and Guadeloupe at the turn of the century."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Condï¿½ gives Brontï¿½ a cultural context ... a fine and unique accomplishment."
"Through [Condï¿½'s] transformation of the tragedy in Wuthering Heights, she creates a narrative that seduces, evokes and makes us think about the kinds of emotions that have moved human beings throughout our existence."
"Exotic and eloquent... Condï¿½ takes Emily Brontï¿½'s cold-climate classic on obsessive love and makes it hot and lush."
"A confident and incisive Caribbeanization of a European master-text by a master novelist of African descent."
"Condï¿½ has given readers an astonishing new way in which to contemplate our ancestral past."
--Black Issues Book Review
"The author weaves in the history of the region along with themes of passionate love, color prejudice, oppression, and social unrest to create an engaging and well-written book that is difficult to put down."