Book Review: “Even in Paradise” by Elizabeth Nunez
Book Reviews / April 5, 2016

“Even in Paradise” by Elizabeth Nunez is a love story, a “King Lear” retelling, and a Caribbean epic all rolled into one. Peter Ducksworth may be Trinidadian to the bone, but he and his beloved three daughters are white, and the legacy of their skin color is impossible to ignore. Like Shakespeare’s famous king, Ducksworth hopes to avoid familial strife after his death by announcing how his assets will be divided among his children while he still lives – but he cannot predict the chaos that unfolds from that decision. Émile, an aspiring writer and teacher, finds himself drawn into the drama when his best friend, Albert, falls for Ducksworth’s oldest daughter, Glynis, and he finds himself drawn to the youngest daughter, Corinne.