Cargo of Orchids

By Susan Musgrave

Acclaimed author Susan Musgrave's first novel in over ten years is a superb mixture of poignant humanity and black humour within the gripping tale of a girl dwelling on dying Row for the incredible crime of killing her personal child.

To go the time last to her, whereas watching for the result of her final appeals, the narrator writes the tale of the occasions that led to her incarceration. Her paintings as a translator attracts her into an underworld of family-controlled drug cartels working out of South the United States, and she or he falls in love with a son in a single such relatives. Pregnant, she is abducted to an island off the coast of Colombia and slowly tricked right into a dependence on cocaine. Her narrative - violent and weird, but additionally riveting, erotic and packed with the heady flamboyance of orchids - runs parallel to her account of lifestyles in "Death Clinic," as dying Row is termed on the Heaven Valley Facility for ladies. it's a relocating tale of friendship among 3 girl inmates - portrayed with devastating wit - who percentage simply the truth that they every one have a date with the executioner.

Cargo of Orchids swings via comedy and tragedy to shed a gentle, eerie mild at the questions of guilt and innocence and ethical ambiguity that lie at its center.

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