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A Habit of the Blood
A Habit of the Blood
Author: Lois Battle
ISBN-13: 9780312905828
ISBN-10: 0312905823
Publication Date: 1/1988
Pages: 417
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Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper
Book Type: Paperback
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Born to one of Jamaica's oldest and most powerful families, Ceci Baron has been rootless since childhood. Two desertions-first by her father and then by Paul Strangman, the idealistic but ambitious political reformer and the only man she ever loved-have driven Ceci from continent to continent, bed to bed, and to a life of self-protection and controlled intimacy. Against her better judgment, she returns to Jamaica and is drawn into a family crisis involving her dominating half-brother, her dangerously eccentric aunt, and her estranged father. But it is Paul who finally exposes Ceci's vulnerability, passion, and strength of character as she becomes entangled in political and emotional intrigue among the seafront villas and shanties of a Jamaica that tourists never see.

Lois Battle has always been...a peerless limner of strong, complex, women. (Anne Rivers Siddons)

Lois Battle is a born storyteller. (The Washington Post)

Author Bio: Lois Battle is the author of seven previous novels, most recently Bed & Breakfast.

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For as long as there has been a Jamaica, there hve been Nettletons. Their history stretches from seamy past to sensual present with a fortune built on deals of sugar, land and drugs.