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Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, ZaritĂ‰ --
known as TĂ‰tĂ‰ -- is the daughter of an African mother she
never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into
bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear,
TĂ‰tĂ‰ finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African
drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her
When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the
island in 1770, itâ€™s with powdered wigs in his baggage and
dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his
fatherâ€™s plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor
easy. It will be eight years before he brings home a bride
-- but marriage, too, proves more difficult than he
imagined. And Valmorain remains dependent on the services of
his teen-aged slave.Spanning four decades, Island Beneath
the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of TĂ‰tĂ‰
and Valmorain, and of one womanâ€™s determination to find love
amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been
battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruelest of
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