In Valmiki's Daughter, Giller Prize finalist and bestselling novelist Shani Mootoo returns to some of the themes she first explored in her breakout book, Cereus Blooms at Night. The story circles around a well-to-do Trinidadian family, in particular, Valmiki, a renowned doctor and loving if confused father, and his youngest daughter, Viveka, lively, intelligent, and intent on escaping the gilded cage that protects but also smothers her. Father and daughter conceal painful secrets about their sexual identities, and it is Viveka's struggle to discover the truth about herself that threatens to unmask her father and shake the foundations of her family and her delicately calibrated society.
excerpt from Anasi Press web page
Mootoo, a master’s student in the School of English and Theatre Studies, is a filmmaker, visual artist and writer. Her novel Valmiki's Daughter is one of 12 books in the running for the prestigious 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize award. Her first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, published in 1996, was also a finalist for the Giller Prize, among other awards, and was published worldwide.
Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She has lived in Canada since the early 1980s. She is also the author of He Drown She in the Sea, which was on the long list for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
excerpt from University of Guelph News Release