Lisa Allen-Agostini

The Bread the Devil Knead

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022
'An extraordinary and emotionally immersive novel — the music of Lisa Allen-Agostini's writing voice is gloriously specific to Trinidad, yet this heart-wrenching story of a woman both liberated and in need of liberation has universal resonance.'—Margaret Busby.
'Strips you down to raw nerve to build you back up again. Allen-Agostini has an unswerving eye.'—Nalo Hopkinson
'You dip into the first page and don't come up for breath until the last… thoroughly enjoyable.'—Kei Miller
Alethea Lopez is about to turn 40. Fashionable, feisty and fiercely independent, she manages a boutique in Port of Spain, but behind closed doors she's covering up bruises from her abusive partner and seeking solace in an affair with her boss. When she witnesses a woman murdered by a jealous lover, the reality of her own future comes a little too close to home.
Bringing us her truth in an arresting, unsparing Trinidadian voice, Alethea unravels memories repressed since childhood and begins to understand the person she has become. Her next step is to decide the woman she wants to be.
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  • sachaallenshared an impression2 months ago
    💞Loved Up

    What a masterpiece!!! A truly brilliant piece of life affirming art. Glorious glorious glorious talent! I am an instant fan! Lisa Allen - Agostini has a sparkling way with words, i was blown away! Unputdownable and joyous amongst all the tragedy!!! xxxx

  • Ibtissam Freestyleshared an impression3 months ago
    👍Worth reading

    My great book of my berth


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    As I waiting for the water to boil I sit down and start back reading my book. The table nasty, like the stove. I feel long time it used to be red like the cigarette pack – carmine? A nice word, carmine – but now it just kind of fadey-orangey colour. Tangerine. Right in the centre of the table it had a big circle of bright red – carmine! – as though it
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