Discretion

Discretion

by Elizabeth Nunez

Published by: Akashic Books

Imprint: Akashic Books

302 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781617755453
  • Published: October 2016

$17.95

  • Hardcover
  • 9781617755491
  • Published: October 2016

$41.95

A main selection of the Black Expressions Book Club.

"Refreshingly ambitious in its intellectual scope."
--New York Times Book Review

"A captivating tale of Oufoula Sindede, an African diplomat in a passionless marriage who falls madly in love with Marguerite, a New York City artist."
--Essence

"Right from the start of this haunting novel, Nunez adopts the mesmerizing myth-spinning voice of an oral storyteller...In unaffected prose, Nunez explores self-deception, envy, Christian monogamy vs. African polygamy, and the very real dilemma of loving two people at once...This rich, multilayered narrative is powerful in its sweep and moving in its insight."
--Publishers Weekly

"A complex portrait of a love triangle by a gifted writer."
--Booklist

Set amongst the struggles of American, Caribbean, and African diplomacy in the late 1980s, Discretion follows the harrowing journey of Oufoula Sindede, a diplomat of rough beginnings, who discovers his desires may be out of his control.

Dutifully married to lovely Nerida, Oufoula goes through the motions of marriage, formally keeping his distance from the woman with whom he shares his bed. And yet there is a deeper, buried passion within him that will lead him to question which values he holds sacred and which can be sacrificed.

Despite his quiet marriage, the memory of a fiery love affair triggers Oufoula to entangle himself in the life of another woman, a Jamaican-born painter named Marguerite. Soon he discovers that Marguerite is nothing like any of his quick old flames or his gentle wife, Nerida--Marguerite is much more.

And so begins a whirlwind affair, spanning over twenty years, between a young woman who wants order and love and a man who is torn between the honors of his profession and his dishonorable love life; the old African customs of polygamy and the American dream; and the passion for a mistress and the duty to his wife. Nunez's heartbreaking fourth novel questions the customs we think we know with the truths that passion and love reveal about ourselves.